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November cover

The photo on the November cover shows a Bombus appositus legitimately visiting a Corydalis caseana flower on an inflorescence bearing both robbed and unrobbed flowers. This interaction is studied in the paper Why are some plant–nectar robber interactions commensalisms...

Seabirds of habit

Breakfast at the nearest coffee shop in the morning, lunch from the local convenience store, quick drink in your regular on the way home. Sound familiar? Just like we can be creatures of habit, new research has revealed that seabirds, too, adapt to hourly cycles to...

One or more embryos? A parasitoidic dilemma....

The small (1.5 mm) parasitoid wasp female in the photo is inserting her ovipositor into the egg of a moth, which she uses as a host for her young. After she has laid her own egg within the host, the growing embryo divides many times to form a clone of genetically...

Editor's choice November

We chose the article of Ellen van Velzen and colleagues as the editor’s choice for November. The authors present a model that challenges the paradigm and common view that plastic inducible defences stabilise predator-prey dynamics. The reason for this contrasting...

Coastal phytoplankton community dynamics, interactions, and coexistence

Diatoms and more generally phytoplankton exhibit a striking diversity of species, which is reflected in a stunning variation of shapes, sizes, and life-histories. Photo credit: Nadine Neaud-Masson - Ifremer Nantes Yet, being primary producers, these small algae ought...