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Biocontrol research on Brazilian peppertree in Florida discovers new cryptic species
A species of moth from Brazil that was being considered for biocontrol of the Brazilian peppertree in Florida was sent to a USDA-Agricultural Research Service research entomologist for identification. (2013-02-06)
Pest uses plant hairs for protection
Guam cycads' hairy problem allows invasive insect to flourish. (2013-02-05)
Grooming helps insects keep their senses sharpened
North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming -- specifically, antennal cleaning -- removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves. (2013-02-04)
The impressive aerial maneuvers of the pea aphid
A report in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, shows that pea aphids can free fall from the plants they feed on and -- within a fraction of a second -- land on their feet every time. (2013-02-04)
Researchers see more West Nile virus in orchards and vineyards
Washington State University researchers have linked orchards and vineyards with a greater prevalence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes and the insects' ability to spread the virus to birds, horses and people. (2013-01-30)
Dung beetles follow the Milky Way
You might expect dung beetles to keep their (2013-01-24)
USDA grant advancing deadly plant disease, insect research
A competitive grant is helping a Kansas State University doctoral student turn the insect responsible for spreading one of the worst plant diseases into a tool that stifles the disease's transmission. (2013-01-23)
Lady beetle diet influences its effectiveness as biocontrol agent
Lady beetles are deployed as biological controls of insect pests like aphids and Colorado potato beetles. (2013-01-11)
Bugs need symbiotic bacteria to exploit plant seeds
While firebugs have no impact on humans, their relatives, the cotton stainers, are serious agricultural pests. (2013-01-09)
As climate warms, bark beetles march on high-elevation forests
In a report published Dec. 31, 2012, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports a rising threat to the whitebark pine forests of the northern Rocky Mountains as native mountain pine beetles climb ever higher, attacking trees that have not evolved strong defenses to stop them. (2012-12-31)
Dragonflies have human-like 'selective attention'
University of Adelaide researchers have found evidence that dragonflies are capable of higher-level thought processes when hunting prey. (2012-12-20)
Not without my microbes
European forest cockchafers can damage huge areas of trees. They house microbes in their guts that help them to digest their woody food. (2012-12-19)
From farm to table, mealworms may be the next best food
Food enthusiasts interested in sustainable farm practices may soon have a new meat alternative: insects. (2012-12-19)
Ants aquaplaning on a pitcher plant
An insect-trapping pitcher plant in Venezuela uses its downward pointing hairs to create a 'water slide' on which insects slip to their death, new research reveals. (2012-12-18)
Arming US troops with insect-protective gear
The US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Defense have joined forces to create effective barriers and gear that help shield deployed soldiers from disease-causing insects. (2012-12-17)
Plant sniffs out danger to prepare defenses against pesky insect
A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists. (2012-12-17)
NSF-funded inventory of mega-diverse insect order now underway
An ambitious three-year insect inventory of a Costa Rican rainforest, funded by a $900,000 National Science Foundation, is now underway. (2012-12-14)
Dolphin hearing system component found in insects
A hearing system component thought to be unique in toothed whales like dolphins has been discovered in insects, following research involving the University of Strathclyde. (2012-12-13)
Ant and termite colonies unearth gold
Ant and termite nests show evidence of gold hidden deep underground in new research conducted by CSIRO. (2012-12-09)
Research yields understanding of Darwin's 'abominable mystery'
Research by Indiana University paleobotanist David L. Dilcher and colleagues in Europe sheds new light on what Charles Darwin famously called (2012-12-06)
Biologists unlocking the secrets of plant defenses, 1 piece at a time
A team from The University of Texas at Arlington and Michigan State University's Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory has unraveled an important step in the way the plant hormone jasmonate works. (2012-12-05)
Dressing US troops to safeguard against insect attacks
Outfitting soldiers with clothing that effectively repels or kills insects is one of the strategies US Department of Agriculture scientists are using to help protect US military personnel deployed overseas against disease-transmitting mosquitoes and sand flies. (2012-12-03)
Pygmy mole crickets don't just walk on water, they jump on it
Pygmy mole crickets are known to be prodigious jumpers on land. (2012-12-03)
How native plants and exotics coexist
Exotic plants in many ecosystems may be better competitors, but in a study in Ecology Letters researchers at Winthrop University and Brown University found that exotics can be kept in check by herbivory. (2012-11-30)
Insects beware: The sea anemone is coming
Insects are becoming resistant to insecticides, presenting a growing need to develop novel ways of pest control. (2012-11-29)
Microbial 'missing link' discovered after man impales hand on tree branch
Two years ago, a 71-year-old Indiana man impaled his hand on a branch after cutting down a dead tree. (2012-11-26)
Protecting US troops against sand flies
US Department of Agriculture scientists are helping deployed American troops protect themselves against sand flies, which are major pests in Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East. (2012-11-19)
American oak skeletonizer moth invades Europe
The North American oak skeletonizer, a very small moth, has invaded North West Europe since 1989, and feeds commonly on planted Northern red oaks in the Netherlands, Belgium and adjacent Germany. (2012-11-19)
How insects domesticate bacteria
Two years ago, a 71-year-old Indiana man impaled his hand on a branch after cutting down a dead crab apple tree, causing an infection that led University of Utah scientists to discover a new bacterium and solve a mystery about how bacteria came to live inside insects. (2012-11-15)
South American cricket ears shown to rival human hearing
Scientists studying a species of South American bush cricket with some of the smallest ears known have discovered it has hearing so sophisticated that it rivals our own. (2012-11-15)
Discovery could hold the key to super-sensory hearing
Researchers at the University of Lincoln and the University of Bristol, UK, have identified a new hearing organ which provides the missing link to understanding how sound is transmitted within the ears of bushcrickets. (2012-11-15)
Scientists discover new method of gene identification
Scientists studying the genes and proteins of human cells infected with a common cold virus have identified a new gene identification technique that could increase the genetic information we hold on animals by around 70 to 80 per cent. (2012-11-11)
Scientists identify insect-repelling compounds in Jatropha
A tip about a folk remedy plant used in India and Africa to ward off bugs has led to the discovery of insect-repelling compounds. (2012-11-05)
Solving a biological mystery
A team of Harvard researchers, led by Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Cassandra Extavour, have shown that insects like crickets possess a variation of a gene, called oskar, that has been shown to be critical to the production of germ cells in 'higher' insects, particularly fruit flies. (2012-11-01)
Far from random, evolution follows a predictable genetic pattern, Princeton researchers find
Princeton University research suggests that knowledge of a species' genes -- and how certain external conditions affect the proteins encoded by those genes -- could be used to determine a predictable evolutionary pattern driven by outside factors. (2012-10-25)
Sleep-deprived bees have difficulty relearning
Everyone needs sleep and sleep is key to memory formation, so how does sleep help us to alter preformed memories? (2012-10-25)
Gaps in border controls are related to alien insect invasions in Europe
European countries with gaps in border security surrounding agricultural imports have been invaded by the largest number of exotic insect pests, according to research published Oct 24 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Steven Bacon and colleagues from the Swiss Federal Research Station Agroscope ART and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. (2012-10-24)
Beetles use dung balls to stay cool
Dung beetles roll their feasts of dung away to avoid the hoards of other hungry competitors at the dung pile. (2012-10-22)
For African beetles, dung balls double as 'air conditioning units'
Some African dung beetles roll their feasts of dung away to avoid the hordes of other hungry bugs at the pile. (2012-10-22)
16 million-year-old amber specimen reveals unknown animal behaviors
Stunning images, including video footage, from a CT scan of amber have revealed the first evidence of any creature using an adult mayfly for transport. (2012-10-17)
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