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Dancing hairs alert bees to floral electric fields
Tiny, vibrating hairs may explain how bumblebees sense and interpret the signals transmitted by flowers, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol.  View News Article (2016-05-31)

Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries
Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of Penn State biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi interactions.  View News Article (2016-05-25)

Tiny wasp sniffs out, picks up 'good vibrations' to battle ash borer
With the emerald ash borer beetle devastating ash tree populations throughout the United States -- from locations as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as Louisiana -- solutions to help fight the insect are critical.  View News Article (2016-05-25)

Skull specializations allow bats to feast on their fellow vertebrates
Vampire mania aside, bats don't go for a diet that would make for an exciting Hollywood blockbuster. View News Article (2016-05-13)

Scientists are first to discover sensory system that detects air humidity
Humidity can make us feel miserable -- think of sultry summer days in Chicago, for example -- but humans do not have dedicated sensory systems in the skin to detect water vapor in the air. View News Article (2016-05-09)

Hydropeaking extirpates river insects
Hydropower produces 19% of the world's electricity--far more than all other renewable sources combined. In the face of mounting climate-change effects, the rush to this profuse energy source is expected to continue. However, hydroelectric dams can also produce a number of environmental consequences, many of which are unrecognized or understudied.  View News Article (2016-05-03)

Nanopillars on drone fly larvae allow them to avoid bacterial contamination
The immature stage of the drone fly (Eristalis tenax) is known as a "rat-tailed maggot" because it resembles a hairless baby rodent with a "tail" that is actually used as a breathing tube.  View News Article (2016-04-07)

Surprising exotic flies in the backyard: New gnat species from Museum Koenig's garden
Little did scientists Kai Heller and Bj√∂rn Rulik expect to discover a new species in Germany's Alexander Koenig Museum's garden upon placing a malaise trap for testing purposes. View News Article (2016-04-04)

An ancient killer: Ancestral malarial organisms traced to age of dinosaurs
A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, and the first vertebrate hosts of this disease were probably reptiles, which at that time would have included the dinosaurs.  View News Article (2016-03-29)

Duplicate DNA a hallmark of tick genome
Researchers have sequenced the genetic blueprint of one of the most prolific pathogen-transmitting agents on the planet - the Lyme-disease-spreading tick (Ixodes scapularis) that bites humans. View News Article (2016-02-09)

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