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Author's Note: 10 Weird Ways Organisms Reproduce

Parasitologists like to argue that the subjects of their research are to be respected for the ingenuity of their survival strategies. After researching and writing about a few of them, I have to agree that there's a kind of psychopathic brilliance on display, but it actually turned my stomach a bit. That Costa Rican wasp, for instance, is so thorough in its exploitation of the poor spider that it's hard not to feel there's something malicious about the whole process. But as cruel as evolution can be, there's also the naughty elegance of the bee orchid to admire.

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