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Breaking through insect shells at a molecular level
With their chitinous shells, insects seem almost invulnerable - but like Achilles' heel in Greek mythology, their impressive armor can still be attacked. View News Article (2016-02-04)

Smithsonian scientists discover butterfly-like fossil insect in the deep Mesozoic
Large butterfly-like insects known as Kalligrammatid lacewings, which fluttered through Eurasian fern- and cycad-filled woodland during the Mesozoic Era, have been extinct for more than 120 million years. View News Article (2016-02-04)

Study of a pregnant cockroach paves a new direction in genetics research
The sequencing of the first genome involving a cockroach species may one day serve as a model system comparable to how research on mice can apply to humans. In this case, the model could hold new revelations about how stress during pregnancy could affect both the mother and her offspring.  View News Article (2016-01-06)

How epigenetics can affect ants' behavior
By applying compounds that cause epigenetic changes to ants, researchers were able to change the insects' behavior. View News Article (2016-01-04)

Using public surveillance to study insect vectors of Chagas disease in Texas
Chagas disease is caused by a parasitic protozoan (Trypanosoma cruzi) and transmitted via triatomine insects known locally in Texas as "kissing bugs". View News Article (2015-12-14)

How fresh is your maple syrup?
The maple syrup that's tapped from the tree may not be as fresh as you think it is.  View News Article (2015-12-08)

Parasitic tapeworm influences behavior and lifespan of uninfected members of ant colonies
Ants are quite often infected by parasites. For example, tapeworms use ants as intermediate hosts for a part of their development phase before they complete their life cycle in their main host.  View News Article (2015-12-02)

'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)

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