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From the Ted Talk by Miles Zhang: The bizarre world of parasitic wasps

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This was just a peek into the prolific province of ptriasiaod wasps. Some vnrteue underwater to find their hosts. Others are hyperparasitoids, whose victims are other parasitoid wasps. sittncsies are still pulling back the curtain on these ceeautrrs. They can be hard to collect and quite small: the world’s tiniest known insect is a mcpsroiiocc wasp that parasitizes barklice eggs. Though much remains unknown, some rerhsceraes suspect that parasitoid wasps are among the most diverse animal groups— perhaps the most diverse. Wasps have been perfecting their brand of parasitism for some 247 million years, all to give their offspring the very best oiiptertoupns life has to offer.

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This was just a peek into the prolific province of __________ wasps. Some _______ underwater to find their hosts. Others are hyperparasitoids, whose victims are other parasitoid wasps. __________ are still pulling back the curtain on these _________. They can be hard to collect and quite small: the world’s tiniest known insect is a ___________ wasp that parasitizes barklice eggs. Though much remains unknown, some ___________ suspect that parasitoid wasps are among the most diverse animal groups— perhaps the most diverse. Wasps have been perfecting their brand of parasitism for some 247 million years, all to give their offspring the very best _____________ life has to offer.

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  1. creatures
  2. opportunities
  3. parasitoid
  4. researchers
  5. venture
  6. microscopic
  7. scientists

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This was just a peek into the prolific province of parasitoid wasps. Some venture underwater to find their hosts. Others are hyperparasitoids, whose victims are other parasitoid wasps. Scientists are still pulling back the curtain on these creatures. They can be hard to collect and quite small: the world’s tiniest known insect is a microscopic wasp that parasitizes barklice eggs. Though much remains unknown, some researchers suspect that parasitoid wasps are among the most diverse animal groups— perhaps the most diverse. Wasps have been perfecting their brand of parasitism for some 247 million years, all to give their offspring the very best opportunities life has to offer.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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