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Do you want to be a citizen scientist, and help researchers learn about the world we live in? Be part of The Caterpillar Conundrum project, and help scientists learn about caterpillars and their parasitoids. Click here to find out more about the project, or here to learn how to participate!

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What’s a parasitoid?

Parasitoids are animals that live on or in other animals, and feed off them to survive. They are parasites, like the head lice you might have been infected with in primary school. A parasite normally doesn’t kill their host (the animal they’re living on) but a parasitoid does. The parasitoids we are studying are insects like flies and wasps that lay their eggs in caterpillars. Read more about it here!

What’s a citizen scientist?

A citizen scientist is anyone who wants to be part of real science and help professional researchers discover new things.