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Picking up on the smell of evolution
For most of us, switching to a vegetarian diet might be a matter of a New Year's resolution and a fair amount of willpower, but for an entire species, it's a much more involved process -- one that evolutionary biologists have struggled to understand for a long time.  View News Article (2015-01-30)


Scientists reveal global patterns of specialized feeding in insect herbivores
Insects are picky eaters, and not the voracious eat-everything-in-sight bingers that devour all the plants in your garden.  View News Article (2015-01-30)


Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects
Each year millions of deaths result from diseases transmitted by insects. Insects are also responsible for major economic losses, worth billions of dollars annually, by damaging crops and stored agricultural products. View News Article (2015-01-28)


New forensic entomology observations expand knowledge of decomposition ecology
Fans of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and similar TV shows know that forensic entomology involves the use of insects and other arthropods in legal matters, including homicide cases. Entomologists who are properly trained can find clues about a corpse -- for example, time of death and whether a body has been moved -- by observing the insects on and around it. View News Article (2015-01-22)


Simple soil mixture reverses toxic stormwater effects
A simple column of common soil can reverse the toxic effects of urban runoff that otherwise quickly kills young coho salmon and their insect prey, according to new research by Washington State University, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  View News Article (2015-01-21)


Brazilian scarab beetles found to be termitophiles
Termite soldiers are able to chemically detect intruders in their colonies. While most trespassers are swiftly dealt with, some spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and insects are allowed to find shelter within termite nests. These arthropods are known as "termitophiles." View News Article (2015-01-14)


Study sheds light on chemicals that insects use to communicate and survive
Most insects are covered with a thin layer of hydrocarbon molecules as a waterproofing barrier. Embedded in this layer are compounds that the insects use as chemical signals for a wide variety of functions such as communicating species and sex.  View News Article (2015-01-14)


Of flies and ants: New ant decapitation behavior of Dohrniphora flies
While watching tiny flies in tropical forests in Brazil, Giar-Ann Kung puzzledly remarked to Brian Brown "they are cutting the ant heads off!" This unexpected find led to the discovery of a grisly new type of behavior reported this month in Biodiversity Data Journal. View News Article (2015-01-06)


Variety is the spice of humble moth's sex life
A small brown moth has one of the most complex sex lives in the insect world, new research has found. View News Article (2014-12-22)


Bugs life: The nerve cells that make locusts 'gang up'
A team of biologists has identified a set of nerve cells in desert locusts that bring about 'gang-like' gregarious behaviour when they are forced into a crowd. View News Article (2014-12-17)

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