The insects frequently found in your backyard appear to be the first invertebrate known to be capable of the skill of transitive inference. Cara Giaimo of The New York Times reports.

Here's a pop quiz for you. Tom is taller than Dick. Dick is taller than Harry. Who's taller, Harry or Tom?

If you said Tom, congratulations! You just demonstrated what's called "transitive inference" — the ability to compare things indirectly, based on previous juxtapositions. But before you pat yourself on the back too much, you should know that this skill was recently demonstrated by another creature:the humble paper wasp

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