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Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom
Bark beetles are currently responsible for killing an unprecedented number of trees in forests across Europe and North America. (2019-07-01)
(Not only) the wind shows the way
When the South African dung beetle rolls its dung ball through the savannah, it must know the way as precisely as possible. (2019-06-25)
Dung beetles get wind
Researchers have shown for the first time that these insects use different directional sensors to achieve the highest possible navigational precision in different conditions. (2019-06-25)
Dung beetles use wind compass when the sun is high
Researchers have shown for the first time that an animal uses different directional sensors to achieve the highest possible navigational precision in different conditions. (2019-06-25)
Cities are key to saving monarch butterflies
Monarch butterflies are at risk of disappearing from most of the US, and to save them, we need to plant milkweed for them to lay their eggs on. (2019-06-21)
New research shows importance of climate on spruce beetle flight
If the climate continues warming as predicted, spruce beetle outbreaks in the Rocky Mountains could become more frequent. (2019-06-19)
Threatened beetles benefit from forest thinning
Wood-living beetles that use oak trees are a species-rich and threatened animal group in modern forestry and agriculture in southern Sweden. (2019-05-28)
'Loser effect' evolves separate from fighting ability
The 'loser effect' -- which causes animals to shy away from violence after losing a fight -- evolves independently of any change in fighting ability, new research suggests. (2019-05-28)
Parasites dampen beetle's fight or flight response
Beetles infected with parasitic worms put up less of a fight against simulated attacks from predators and rival males, according to a study by Felicia Ebot-Ojong, Andrew Davis and Elizabeth Jurado at the University of Georgia, USA, publishing May 22, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. (2019-05-22)
Coastal organisms trapped in 99-million-year-old amber
Most amber inclusions are organisms that lived in the forest. (2019-05-13)
The sicker the better
A common woodland beetle that plays an important role in the decomposition of fallen trees may be getting a boost from a surprising source: parasites. (2019-05-01)
These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years
An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal species. (2019-04-17)
Diet during development affects mating habits, insect study shows
An animal's choice of mating partner can be influenced by what it eats during its sexual development, a study of insects has shown. (2019-04-15)
When do male and female differences appear in the development of beetle horns
The male Japanese rhinoceros beetle, Trypoxylus dichotomus, living on Japan's main island has big horns, which are used as weapons when it fights other males for females. (2019-04-10)
New pathways for sustainable agriculture
Diversity beats monotony: a colourful patchwork of small, differently used plots can bring advantages to agriculture and nature. (2019-04-08)
A mating war in diving beetles has stopped the evolution of species
In nature, males eager attempts to mate with females can be so extreme that they will harm females. (2019-03-20)
Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens
Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. (2019-03-19)
What's for dinner? Sushi, with a side of crickets
While insects have been consumed for centuries worldwide, many people still haven't warmed to the idea of a creepy-crawly on the tongue. (2019-03-11)
Nature's own biorefinery
New research from Berkeley Lab shows how an insect common to the Eastern U.S., the long-horned passalid beetle, has a hardy digestive tract with microbes to thank for turning its woody diet into energy, food for its young, and nutrients for forest growth. (2019-03-11)
Star Wars and Asterix characters amongst 103 beetles new to science from Sulawesi, Indonesia
A total of 103 new species of weevils are added to the genus Trigonopterus from Sulawesi whereas. (2019-03-07)
Mighty mites give scrawny beetles the edge over bigger rivals
Smaller beetles who consistently lose fights over resources can gain a competitive advantage over their larger rivals by teaming up with another species. (2019-03-05)
New buzz around insect DNA analysis and biodiversity estimates
Researchers on the remote forested island of Hauturu, New Zealand have compiled a staggering inventory of invertebrate biodiversity using DNA sequencing, adding a significant number of invertebrates to GenBank - an open access database of all publicly available DNA sequences. (2019-02-27)
New research gives insight into warding off insect pests by way of nematode odors
A recent study revealed insect-killing nematodes also produce distinctive chemical cues that enhance plant defenses and deter Colorado potato beetles. (2019-02-27)
Nematode odors offer possible advantage in the battle against insect pests
Gardeners commonly use nematodes to naturally get rid of harmful soil-dwelling insects. (2019-02-26)
Bristol undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of 2 species of ancient reptile
Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student at the University of Bristol has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions, the skulls of two species of ancient reptile that lived in the Late Triassic, one of which had been previously known only from its jaws. (2019-02-25)
Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise
Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-02-25)
Recent drought may provide a glimpse of the future for birds in the Sierra Nevada
To better understand the effects of climate change on the bird community in the Sierra Nevada region, researchers examined the impacts to birds from a recent extreme drought (2013-2016). (2019-02-21)
Illinois researchers first to show hinge morphology of click beetle's latch mechanism
Aimy Wissa, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering (MechSE) at Illinois, leads an interdisciplinary research team to study click beetles to inspire more agile robots. (2019-02-18)
Elk avoid beetle-killed forest areas
While previous studies showed elk often move into areas disturbed by fires or timber harvest to take advantage of new plant growth, that isn't happening in Wyoming's Sierra Madre Mountains, where elk strongly avoid beetle-killed areas in the summer. (2019-02-15)
DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors
Researchers have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. (2019-02-08)
How poppy flowers get those vibrant colours that entice insects
With bright reds and yellows -- and even the occasional white -- poppies are very bright and colorful. (2019-02-08)
Dung beetles navigate better under a full moon
Of all nocturnal animals, only dung beetles can hold their course using polarized moonlight. (2019-02-04)
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. (2019-01-30)
Two tiny beetle fossils offer evolution and biogeography clues
Recently, an international team led by Dr. CAI Chenyang, from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, reported two new and rare species of the extant family Clambidae from Burmese amber: Acalyptomerus thayerae Cai and Lawrence, 2019, and Sphaerothorax uenoi Cai and Lawrence, 2019. (2019-01-17)
Ozaena ground beetles likely parasitize ants throughout their life cycle
Ozaena ground beetles likely have anatomical adaptations enabling them to parasitize ant nests throughout their life cycle, according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-16)
UM professor co-authors report on the use of biotechnology in forests
University of Montana Professor Diana Six is one of 12 authors of a new report that addresses the potential for biotechnology to provide solutions for protecting forest trees from insect and pathogen outbreaks, which are increasing because of climate change and expanded global trade. (2019-01-15)
The first case of a Portuguese beetle living exclusively in groundwater
A diving beetle demonstrating various adaptations to the life underground, including depigmentation and evolutionary loss of eyes, was discovered in the cave Soprador do Carvalho, Portugal. (2019-01-08)
Genome published of the small hive beetle, a major honey bee parasite
Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle's genome by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues. (2018-12-20)
Acrobatic geckos, highly maneuverable on land and in the air, can also race on water
Asian geckos were observed running over water at nearly a meter per second, as fast as on land. (2018-12-06)
Climate change damaging male fertility
Climate change could pose a threat to male fertility -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia. (2018-11-13)
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