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NUS study explains how a spider and a pitcher plant can benefit from collaboration
Two recent studies by ecologists from the National University of Singapore have shed light on the relationship between the slender pitcher plant and its 'tenant', the crab spider Thomisus nepenthiphilus, providing insights to the little known foraging behaviours of the spider. (2018-11-11)
Holocene temperature in the Iberian Peninsula reconstructed studying insect subfossils
Holocene temperature in the Iberian Peninsula reconstructed with chironomid subfossils (2018-11-09)
Sequencing pollen DNA to discover insect migratory routes
Metabarcoding, a technique of mass DNA sequencing, allows for tracing migratory routes of insects, an understudied subject due to technical limitations. (2018-11-09)
Pollution in cities damaging insects and ecosystems
High levels of pollution found in many of the world's major cities are having negative effects on plants and insects, according to new research from the University of Sheffield. (2018-11-09)
Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land
Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. (2018-11-06)
Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots
Researchers at CU Boulder have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts. (2018-11-05)
Tiny beetle trapped in amber might show how landmasses shifted
Scientists have discovered a tiny fossil beetle trapped in amber. (2018-10-30)
Honeybees at risk from Zika pesticides
Up to 13 percent of US beekeepers are in danger of losing their colonies due to pesticides sprayed to contain the Zika virus, new research suggests. (2018-10-29)
Genetic search reveals key to resistance in global cotton pest
Researchers have pinpointed a dominant genetic mutation that makes cotton bollworms, one of the world's most destructive crop pests, resistant to genetically engineered cotton. (2018-10-29)
Bigger = better: Big bees fly better in hotter temps than smaller ones do
Larger tropical stingless bees fly better in hot conditions than smaller bees do and larger size may help certain species better tolerate high body temperatures. (2018-10-28)
Giant flying squirrel fossil from a Barcelona landfill clarifies the squirrel family tree
A study just published in eLife shows a fossil found in a Barcelona landfill to be about 11.6 million years old -- making the Miopetaurista neogrivensis specimen the oldest-known giant flying squirrel discovered. (2018-10-24)
Small flying robots haul heavy loads
Small flying robots can perch and move objects 40 times their weight with the help of powerful winches and two previous inventions -- gecko adhesives and microspines. (2018-10-24)
Biodiversity for the birds
Can't a bird get some biodiversity around here? The landscaping choices homeowners make can lead to reduced bird populations, thanks to the elimination of native plants and the accidental creation of food deserts. (2018-10-23)
New study may provide clues to how birds began to fly
For the first time, researchers have measured what is known as the ground effect of flying animals -- and it turns out that they save a lot more energy by flying close to the ground than previously believed. (2018-10-19)
New fly species found in Indiana may indicate changing climate, says IUPUI researcher
A new type of blow fly spotted in Indiana points to shifting species populations due to climate change. (2018-10-18)
Study reveals best use of wildflowers to benefit crops on farms
For the first time, a Cornell University study of strawberry crops on New York farms tested this theory and found that wildflower strips on farms added pollinators when the farm lay within a ''Goldilocks zone,'' where 25 to 55 percent of the surrounding area contained natural lands. (2018-10-15)
Fruit fly protein could be new tool in tackling disease-carrying mosquitos
An insulin-binding protein in fruit flies could provide new opportunities for tackling disease-carrying mosquitos, such as malaria and yellow fever, scientists at the University of York have found. (2018-10-11)
Newly discovered moth named Icarus sports a flame-shaped mark and prefers high elevations
New species of owlet moth recently discovered to inhabit high-elevation mountains in western North America was named after the Greek mythological character Icarus. (2018-10-09)
How wasp and bee stinger designs help deliver the pain
Next time you're stung by a wasp or a honeybee, consider the elegantly designed stinger that caused you so much pain. (2018-10-08)
Malaria parasites adapt to mosquito feeding times, study shows
Malaria parasites have evolved to be most infectious at the time of day when mosquitoes feed, to maximise their chances of being spread. (2018-10-04)
Genome of Japanese insect delicacy sheds light on history of the earth
Japanese scientists have shed light on the evolutionary biology and distribution of Stenopsyche caddisflies a common insect in Japanese rivers and a local delicacy. (2018-10-04)
Rewriting the textbook on how steroid hormones enter cells
A discovery by scientists at UC Riverside may open up new ways to control steroid hormone-mediated processes, including growth and development in insects, and sexual maturation, immunity, and cancer progression in humans. (2018-10-04)
Taste is key in promoting insect-based food
Eating insects, instead of meat, could have significant environmental and health benefits. (2018-10-02)
A mechanism of color pattern formation in ladybird beetles
Many ladybirds have attractive color patterns consisting of black and red. (2018-09-26)
Bees' medicine chest should include sunflower pollen, UMass Amherst study suggests
A new study by Jonathan Giacomini and his former advisor, evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others, found that eating sunflower pollen dramatically and consistently reduced a protozoan pathogen infection in bumble bees and reduced a microsporidian pathogen of the European honey bee, raising the possibility that sunflowers may provide a simple solution to improve the health of economically and ecologically important pollinators. (2018-09-26)
DEET scrambles worms' sense of smell
The roundworm C. elegans is sensitive to DEET's insect-repellent effects. (2018-09-26)
Scientists investigate how DEET confuses countless critters
DEET, a chemical in bug sprays, affects the behavior of highly diverse organisms -- but how it works remains unclear. (2018-09-26)
Two fishes a day keep the mantid coming back to prey: The first fishing praying mantis
For the first time, a praying mantis is recorded to fish. (2018-09-20)
Seeing pesticides spread through insect bodies
Osaka University-led team provides insights into the distribution of pesticides within insects using a newly developed method of insect sample preparation. (2018-09-19)
Why do we love bees but hate wasps?
A lack of understanding of the important role of wasps in the ecosystem and economy is a fundamental reason why they are universally despised whereas bees are much loved, according to UCL-led research. (2018-09-18)
Fossils reveal diverse mesozoic pollinating lacewings
A research group led by professor WANG Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology has provided new insight into the niche diversity, chemical communication, and defense mechanisms of Mesozoic pollinating insects. (2018-09-17)
How dragonfly wings get their patterns
Researchers from Harvard University have developed a model that can recreate, with only a few parameters, the wing patterns of a large group of insects, shedding light on how these complex patterns form. (2018-09-17)
Novel flying robot mimics rapid insect flight
A novel insect-inspired flying robot, developed by TU Delft researchers from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab), is presented in Science. (2018-09-13)
Flappy robot mimics the aerial acrobatics of agile flying insects
An agile flapping-wing robot designed to better illuminate the full range of movement associated with free flight reveals new insights into how flying insects like the fruit fly perform rapid banked turns, often used for escaping predators. (2018-09-13)
Total of 21 new parasitoid wasps following the first ever revision of their genus
As many as 21 species of parasitoid wasps are described as new to science, following the first ever revision of their genus since its establishment back in 1893. (2018-09-11)
New colour-generation mechanism discovered in 'rainbow' weevil
Researchers from Yale-NUS College and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland have discovered a novel color-generation mechanism in nature, which if harnessed, has the potential to create cosmetics and paints with purer and more vivid hues, screen displays that project the same true image when viewed from any angle, and even reduce the signal loss in optical fibers. (2018-09-11)
A study of ants provides information on the evolution of social insects
A major characteristic of eusocial species is the division of labor between queens and. (2018-09-07)
A cyborg cockroach could someday save your life
A tiny neuro-controller created by researchers at the University of Connecticut could provide more precise control of futuristic biobots such as cyborg cockroaches that are already being tested for use in search and rescue missions inside collapsed buildings. (2018-09-06)
Bees coordinate strategy for defending colony, study reveals
Stingless bees position hovering guards in an organized manner at nest entrance to detect and intercept intruders rapidly. (2018-09-05)
Chinese fossils reveal middle-late Triassic insect radiation
Scientists from China and the UK reported two Middle-Late Triassic entomofaunas, providing not only the earliest records of several modern insect elements, but also new insights into the early evolution of freshwater ecosystems. (2018-09-05)
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