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I Contain Multitudes: A Wasp Mom's Gift--Blankets of Bacteria

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The beewolf is a digger wasp that preys on honey bees. A beewolf mother stings a honey bee and deposits an egg on the bee’s paralyzed body. When the beewolf larva hatches, it can feed on the honey bee. Scientists discovered that the beewolf’s antennae are packed with bacteria called Streptomyces, which produce a variety of antibiotic substances. The beewolf spreads the antibiotic-producing bacteria on the cocoon in which the larva develops. In this way, the larva is protected from being infected by harmful bacteria and fungi. Part of the "I Contain Multitudes" series.

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Runtime: 9 minutes 10 seconds

A diagram illustrates a lot of microbes in the blood, high temperature and a human skeleton.
I Contain Multitudes
Episode 1
7 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
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I Contain Multitudes
Episode 2
8 minutes 3 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
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Episode 3
8 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
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I Contain Multitudes
Episode 4
9 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
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I Contain Multitudes
Episode 5
10 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
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Episode 6
9 minutes 3 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
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I Contain Multitudes
Episode 7
9 minutes 10 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12