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'Good' and 'bad' bacteria in the fight against citrus greening disease
New research from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the University of Washington finds that helpful bacteria living inside the insect that transmits the bacterial pathogen associated with citrus greening disease - -an outbreak that is devastating Florida's citrus industry -- may be playing a role in the insect's spread of the pathogen.  View News Article (2015-11-20)

Fossilized bees were finicky pollen collectors
The ancestors of honeybees, living 50 million years ago, were fairly choosy when it came to feeding their offspring. This is shown in a study sponsored by the University of Bonn, which also included researchers from Austria and the United States. According to the study, the pollen that these insects collected for their larvae always originated from the same plants. View News Article (2015-11-13)

Black mouse-eared bat goes green: First case of a fruit-eating bat in the largest genus
Out of more than 110 allegedly well-studied mouse-eared bat species, there turns out to be one that has been keeping its diet a mystery.  View News Article (2015-11-11)

Fossil wasp galls indicate little change in Southern California habitats since Ice Age
The La Brea Tar Pits, the world's richest Ice Age fossil site, is famous for saber-toothed cats, mammoths, and giant sloths, but it also has numerous insect and plant fossils.  View News Article (2015-11-10)

A hairy situation: Hair increases surface area for animals by 100 times
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers combed through more than two dozen studies and did surface measurements for 27 mammals and insects to better understand how animals are able to clean themselves. View News Article (2015-11-10)

Fighting citrus greening with vibrating orange groves
When a male Asian Citrus Psyllid is looking for a mate, he situates himself on a twig, buzzes his wings to send vibrations along adjacent leaves and branches, and listens for a female's response call. If the call comes, he travels in her direction, the abbreviated insect version of courtship ensues, and two to seven weeks later, scores of psyllids nymphs emerge from their eggs, feed on phloem... View News Article (2015-11-04)

Wing structure helps female monarch butterflies outperform males in flight
Evidence has been mounting that female monarch butterflies are better at flying and more successful at migration than males, and researchers from the University of Georgia have now come up with an explanation--but not one they expected.  View News Article (2015-11-04)

US and Mexico must jointly combat Chagas disease
Chagas disease -- the third most common parasitic infection in the world -- affects approximately 7.5 million people, mostly in Latin America. View News Article (2015-11-03)

Study spells out why some insects kill their mothers
One day a few years ago, while working on wasps in a rainforest in Costa Rica, entomologist Kevin J. Loope, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Riverside, began reading about the enigmatic matricidal behavior of some social insects.  View News Article (2015-11-02)

Bugs collected on rooftop for 18 years reveal climate change effects
A volunteer registration of insects for 18 consecutive years on the Copenhagen roof of the Natural History Museum of Denmark has revealed local insect community turnover due to climate change. The research suggests a pattern of specialised species being more sensitive to climate change.  View News Article (2015-11-02)

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