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'Insect soup' holds DNA key for monitoring biodiversity
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown that sequencing the DNA of crushed up creepy crawlies can accelerate the monitoring and cataloging of biodiversity around the world. Research published today shows that a process known as (2013-08-05)

Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world -- a new order
Researchers have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and 'E.T.-like' appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed in its own scientific 'order' -- an incredibly rare event. (2017-01-25)

Rediscovering a wasp after 101 years
A species of wasp that is a natural enemy of a wood-boring beetle that kills black locust trees has been rediscovered, more than 100 years after the last wasp of this species was found. (2016-06-20)

York academics reveal new findings about insect diversification
Biologists from the University of York have compiled two new datasets on insect evolution, revealing that metamorphosing insects diversify more quickly than other insects and are therefore the biggest contributors to the evolution of insect diversity. (2014-10-02)

Men may contribute to infertility through newly discovered part of sperm
The research identifies a new structure in human sperm that functions in the zygote and may provide new avenues for addressing male infertility and insights into early embryo developmental defects. (2018-06-07)

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)

Mexican researchers observe natural insect control without pesticides
A new study suggests that natural control, also known as autonomous control, may offer an alternative to chemical insecticides if conditions are right. (2016-04-20)

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. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major parasite problem of honey bees for which there are few effective treatments. Completing the SHB genome takes on even more importance when you realize that among the SHB's close relatives are the destructive and invasive Asian longhorned beetle. (2018-12-20)

Inspired by feet
A research team from Kiel University has succeeded in boosting the adhesive effect of a silicone material significantly inspired by the structure of beetle feet. In addition, they found out that the adhesiveness of the structured material changes drastically, if it is bent to varying degrees. Their results could be interesting for the development of tiny robots and gripping devices. They have been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. (2018-08-31)

Sexual arms race drives range expansion in UK diving beetle species
Sexual conflict and relative mating success seems to be driving a dramatic shift in the distribution of diving beetles in the UK, a new study led by Plymouth University shows. (2016-06-29)

Fossils clarify the origins of wasps and their kin: alderfly ancestors, snakefly cousins
The insect order Hymenoptera -- wasps, bees, ants and relatives -- is the third most diverse animal group, but its origin remains controversial. Fossils from Permian beds of Russia demonstrate that the wasp lineage is not as ancient as held before, and is related to alderflies and snakeflies. The wasp and snakefly ancestors were very small, indicating that these lineages have passed through a (2013-12-04)

Insect scientists battle invasive species in Hawaii
Hundreds of entomologists will meet at the Hilton Waikoloa Village March 27-30, 2011, to present research on (2011-03-17)

The dangers facing fireflies
The BioScience Talks podcast ( features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. (2020-02-24)

Predicting tree mortality
A combination of drought, heat and insects is responsible for the death of more than 12 million trees in California, according to a new study from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Members of the NCEAS working group studying environmental factors contributing to tree mortality expect this number to increase with climate change. (2015-06-09)

New study shows effects of climate conditions on bark beetle outbreaks
A recent study by a team of scientists confirms the important role climate plays on bark beetle outbreaks. Based on three decades of bark beetle outbreaks in Oregon and Washington, the researchers developed a statistical probability model to quantify the contribution of various climate conditions, such as temperature and precipitation, on outbreak levels and to estimate expected amounts of damage to lodgepole pine forests (e.g. total area with beetle outbreaks). (2012-11-09)

Ecosystem engineers
In a recent study published in Ecology, John Lill and Robert Marquis (University of Missouri - St. Louis) investigated the role shelter-building caterpillars play in herbivorous insect communities living on white oaks. Previous studies have shown how caterpillars create and modify habitats through the construction of leaf shelters, increasing biodiversity around the leaves. In their study, Lill and Marquis wanted to see what effect shelter-building caterpillars had on the entire community living on oak saplings. (2003-03-27)

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)

Helpful insects and landscape changes
We might not notice them, but the crops farmers grow are protected by scores of tiny invertebrate bodyguards. Naturally occurring arthropods like spiders and lady beetles patrol crop fields looking for insects to eat. These natural enemies keep pests under control, making it easier to grow the crops we depend on. (2019-11-05)

Bioluminescence imaging lights up stem cell therapy for hair growth
Finding a way to restore hair growth after substantial hair loss is something of an obsession worldwide. Investigators at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting presented how stem cell research for the development of new hair follicles can be monitored with an optical imaging technique that uses bioluminescence, the same process that allows fireflies to light up. (2012-06-11)

Undergraduate student takes to Twitter to expose illegal release of alien fish in Japan
Posing a significant threat to the native biodiversity in Japan, specifically that of threatened aquatic insects, some alien fishes, such as the bluegill, have become the reason for strict prohibitions. However, recently, 10 years after the law against their release into the wild has been adopted, its first infringement is reported by Japanese researchers in the open-access journal ZooKeys. Curiously, the case was initially exposed on Twitter by an undergraduate student. (2016-02-29)

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