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Dung beetles follow the Milky Way
You might expect dung beetles to keep their (2013-01-24)

Dung beetles use stars for orientation
An insect with a tiny brain and minimal computing power has become the first animal proven to use the Milky Way for orientation. (2013-01-24)

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. But now a team of researchers from South Africa and Sweden have discovered that they also use their balls in another, rather clever way. The moist balls keep the beetles cool even as they push a weight up to 50 times heavier than their own bodies across the hot sand. (2012-10-22)

Researchers discover key gene involved in bark beetle pheromone production
University of Nevada, Reno scientists have ended a decade-long controversy over the process by which bark beetles make pheromones: they manufacture their own monoterpenes - the fragrant substances plants produce and which are often used in perfumes. It had been thought that insects and other animals were incapable of making these substances. (2005-06-28)

Small insects attacks and kill amphibians much bigger than themselves
New findings of researchers from Tel-Aviv University show that predator-prey interactions between ground beetles of the genus Epomis and amphibians are much more complex than expected. The study was published in the open access journal Zoo Keys. (2011-05-20)

Burying beetles hatch survival plan to source food, study shows
Young beetles pick up sensory signals from adult insects to increase their chances of being fed -- and shorten the odds of being killed instead. (2015-01-20)

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)

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. But now researchers who report their findings in the Oct. 23 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have discovered that the beetles also use the balls in another, rather clever way: The moist balls keep the bugs cool even as they push a weight up to 50 times heavier than their own bodies across the scorching sand. (2012-10-22)

Beetles stand out using 'Avatar' tech
A new study suggests that jewel scarab beetles find each other -- and hide from their enemies -- using the same technology that creates the 3-D effects for the blockbuster movie, (2010-04-19)

Radio rhinos: University of Guam scientist and colleagues tag coconut rhinoceros beetles
Finding breeding sites is crucial for the control of the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle on Guam. (2016-02-25)

Dung beetle diversity affects Florida livestock producers
A new study published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America offers a profile of dung beetle activity in Florida, and suggests that livestock producers' herd management practices greatly influence the effectiveness of these beetles. (2012-03-06)

Flapping protective wings increase lift
New research from Lund University in Sweden reveals the value of carrying two layers of wings around. The researchers studied dung beetles and the way their protective forewings actually function. These wings do not only protect but also help the beetles to lift off from the ground -- albeit at a cost. (2012-05-29)

Fighting experience makes beetles better mothers, study shows
Female beetles that are seasoned fighters put more effort into raising their offspring than mothers with no conflict experience, a study suggests. (2016-06-21)

Bigger is not always better, but it helps, says new research on beetles
Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that the probability of a burying beetle winning fights, for the small animal carcasses it needs, depends on a combination of early life experiences and the competition it faces as an adult. (2014-04-29)

New pheromone insight may help predict mountain pine beetle outbreaks
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have shed new light on how mountain pine beetles produce an important pheromone called trans-verbenol, which could aid in efforts to better predict outbreaks. (2018-03-19)

Rove beetles act as warning signs for clear-cutting consequences
New research from the University of Alberta and the Canadian Forest Service has revealed the humble rove beetle may actually have a lot to tell us about the effects of harvesting on forests species. Rove beetles can be used as indicators of clear-cut harvesting and regeneration practices and can be used as an example as to how species react to harvesting. It has been found that after an area of forest was harvested, the many forest species, including rove beetles, decreased dramatically. (2007-06-12)

Plants mimic scent of pollinating beetles
The color and scent of flowers and their perception by pollinator insects are believed to have evolved in the course of mutual adaptation. However, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Zurich has now proved that this is not the case with the arum family at least, which evolved its scent analogously to the pre-existing scents of scarab beetles and thus adapted to the beetles unilaterally. The mutual adaptation between plants and pollinators therefore does not always take place. (2012-04-03)

Pine beetles successful no matter how far they roam -- with devastating effects
Whether they travel only a few metres or tens of kilometres to a new host tree, female pine beetles use different strategies to find success--with major negative consequences for pine trees, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists. (2020-07-16)

Crappy news for the dung beetle and those who depend on them
You mightn't think that the life of a dung beetle, a creature who eats poop every day of its short life, could get any worse, but you'd be wrong. Dung beetles are one of the most threatened terrestrial animal species; and one of the main threats is the excessive use of veterinary medical products that are excreted in dung. (2019-09-24)

The beetle's genome sequenced for the first time
An international research consortium with the participation of a research team led by Professor Cornelis Grimmelikhuijzen from the department of biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, has sequenced the genome from the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. Tribolium is the first beetle and the first insect pest, whose genome has been sequenced. This research may have a big impact on agriculture and has been published today in the renowned journal Nature. (2008-03-25)

Sharing parenting leads to healthier young, beetle study finds
Animals who share the burden of raising young tend to have healthier offspring than animals who do so alone (2018-08-01)

Meet the unsung heroes of dung! Beetles found to reduce survival of livestock parasites
Scientists from the University of Bristol have found that dung beetles can help farmers by reducing the development and survival of parasites in cowpats that cause serious illness in cattle during the summer months. (2016-11-17)

Guam rhino beetles got rhythm
In May 2008 the island of Guam became a living laboratory for scientists as they attached acoustic equipment to coconut trees in order to listen for rhinoceros beetles. A grant from USDA IPM allowed Richard Mankin, a recognized world-class expert on acoustic detection of insects, to travel to Guam to collaborate with island scientists on the Guam Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Eradication Project. The results of this research were recently published in the journal Florida Entomologist. (2009-04-13)

New species of fascinating opportunistic shelter using leaf beetles
Builders are rather uncommon among adult leaf beetles though young ones of certain species use own feces to construct a defensive shield. Two closely related, hitherto unknown species of tiny southern Indian leaf beetles, only slightly larger than the size of a pin-head, and their clever way of using and modifying low cost shelters, are described in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2013-09-27)

Tracing the ancestry of dung beetles
One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by entomologist Dr T. Keith Philips, Western Kentucky University. His research, recently published in the open access journal Zookeys, provides important insights into the evolution and diversity of these species, which make up about half of the world's dung beetle fauna. (2016-04-25)

Gene find turns soldier beetle defence into biotech opportunity
New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesised using biotechnology, following CSIRO's discovery of the three genes that combine to provide soldier beetles with their potent predator defense system. (2012-11-07)

Dung beetles navigate better under a full moon
Of all nocturnal animals, only dung beetles can hold their course using polarized moonlight. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now shown that the beetles can use polarized light when its signal strength is weak,which may allow them to find their bearings when artificial light from cities swamps natural moonlight. (2019-02-04)

UOG entomologist receives new grant monies to combat the rhino beetle
Researchers on Guam have employed pheromone-baited bucket traps, canines to sniff out breeding sites, acoustic detection technology, and a biocontrol virus to eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) on Guam with the beetles showing a high rate of resistance to these tactics. (2011-09-15)

Seed beetle diversity in Xinjiang, China
An international team of scientists has looked into the diminutive world of seed beetles in Xinjiang, China, to reveal a diversity of 19 species for the region, four of which are new records for the area. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2015-01-06)

Life's 6-legged survivors -- evolutionary study shows beetles are in it for the long run
Most modern-day groups of beetles have been around since the time of the dinosaurs and have been diversifying ever since, says new research out in Science today, Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. (2007-12-20)

Beetles pollinated orchids millions of year ago, fossil evidence shows
When most people hear the word 'pollinator,' they think of bees and butterflies. However, certain beetles are known to pollinate plants as well, and new fossil evidence indicates that they were doing so 20 million years ago. (2016-08-22)

Dung beetle dance provides crucial orientation cues
Dung beetle dance provides crucial orientation cues: Beetles climb on top of ball, rotate to get their bearings to maintain straight trajectory. (2012-01-19)

Long term use of some pesticides is killing off dung beetle populations
New research led by scientists at the University of Bristol has uncovered that long-term use of some pesticides to treat cattle for parasites is having a significantly detrimental effect on the dung beetle population. (2018-07-09)

Eye of the beetle: How the Emerald Ash Borer sees may be key to stopping it
This iridescent jewel beetle, responsible for the death of more than 50 million ash trees in the United States, has blazed an absolute path of destruction west since its discovery in Michigan in 2002. Recently the pest has been detected in Colorado, and just this spring it was confirmed in Nebraska and Texas. Researchers at BYU have been doing more than just watching the migration patterns--they've been studying the creature in hopes of helping to slow it. (2016-07-05)

We've got your number: Tracing the source of invasive Japanese beetles
A technique developed by Northern Arizona University researchers can help invasive pest managers make more informed decisions about how to control Japanese beetles and the extensive damage they cause. (2016-03-09)

Beetles' bright colors used for camouflage instead of warning off predators
Yale-NUS College Postdoctoral Fellow Eunice Tan discovered that the bright colour patterns of beetles are not a warning signal to predators as previously believed, but actually a form of camouflage, turning an old assumption on its head. (2017-12-04)

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)

Unusual rhino beetle behavior discovered
The coconut rhinoceros beetle continues to munch its way through the crowns of coconut trees on the northwest coast of Guam. Rhino hunters are ready to get tough with bio-control measures that will decrease the rhino beetle population. (2010-06-21)

Beetles cooperate in brood care
Ambrosia beetles are fascinating: they practice agriculture with fungi and they live in a highly developed social system. Biologist Peter Biedermann has now discovered new facts about them. (2020-11-04)

Natural History Museum, London, yields remarkable new beetle specimens from Brazil
Sitting for almost 20 years in the Natural History Museum, London, minute rove beetle specimens of a new genus were discovered. The genus, caught in the 90s in the Brazilian Amazon, shows remarkable sexual dimorphism, with winged, large-eyed males and wingless, tiny-eyed females. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2014-01-23)

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