Burying beetles are one of those insect species where mothers take an interest in the early lives of their offspring, bringing their larva tasty treats to eat. Hungry larvae pester their mothers for food, as is the case with many other species. Scientists have discovered, however, that exasperated burying beetle mothers have a direct punishment for any of their young who beg too much for food - they eat the greedy little bastards.
"It's the only language they understand", commented a burying beetle mother, whose young are careful to only beg for food when they are very very hungry.
Scientists have cautioned against a similar approach being applied to human offspring.
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