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French Researchers Breed Flightless Ladybirds As Pest-Killers
A voracious appetite for pests makes ladybirds, or ladybugs, a gardener's best friend. (1998-09-23)
Insect outbreaks reduce wildfire severity
Surprising new research shows that outbreaks by the mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm can actually reduce wildfire severity.The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes -- and some US forest policies. (2016-04-28)
Why are autumn leaves red in America and yellow in Europe?
Walking outdoors in the fall, the splendidly colorful leaves adorning the trees are a delight to the eye. (2009-08-13)
Learning from insects: The race is on for new 'bio-resources' project group
Unseen and unheard, insects are all around us. And with more than a million different species, each one perfectly adapted to its environment, no other form of animal life comes close to matching insects for diversity. (2009-10-21)
Picky-eater flies losing smell genes
The specialist fruit fly Drosophila sechellia is losing genes for smell and taste receptors 10 times faster than its generalist relative Drosophila simulans. (2007-04-02)
Tagged bees causing a buzz in disease research
James Cook University researchers are creating a buzz in bee research, gluing tiny transmitters to the backs of the insects for the first time. (2015-07-13)
Snap, digest, respire
Scientists show how the Venus flytrap uses its prey's nitrogen compounds to extract energy. (2017-01-20)
Spider webs more effective at ensnaring charged insects
Flapping bees build up a charge of several hundred volts, enough to electrostatically draw pollen from a flower. (2013-07-04)
Can a deadly spider replace chemical pesticides?
Viruses given a gene for the venom of one of the world's deadliest spiders could be used instead of chemical pesticides, say researchers in the US. (2000-06-13)
Bug eyes: Tiny 3-D glasses confirm insect 3-D vision
Miniature glasses have proved that mantises use 3-D vision -- providing a new model to improve visual perception in robots. (2016-01-07)
How stick insects honed friction to grip without sticking
Scientists have discovered that, when upright, stick insects don't stick. (2014-02-19)
Identification of carbon dioxide receptors in insects may help fight infectious disease
Mosquitoes use the carbon dioxide people exhale as a way to identify a potential food source. (2006-12-13)
UT professor finds economic importance of bats in the billions
Gary McCracken, head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, analyzed the economic impact of the loss of bats in North America in agriculture and found it to be in the $3.7 to $53 billion a year range. (2011-03-31)
Insect tibias are best suited for jumping and other emergency behaviors
Insect tibias are best suited to withstand the high stress of emergency behaviors rather than the fatigue stress of normal behaviors, according a study published Aug. (2016-08-03)
Fruit flies adjust to sudden drops in temperature; just keep buzzing about the fruit bowl
Fruit flies may seem simple, but these common visitors to the fruit bowl can drastically alter their gene expression and metabolism to respond to temperature changes in their environment, an international team of researchers have shown. (2016-06-30)
Pharmaceuticals Manufactured In Insect Larvae
Thanks to the confluence of a new technology in virology and a recent patent in rearing insects, scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc. (1997-09-25)
Invasive forest insects cost homeowners, taxpayers billions
Homeowners and taxpayers are picking up most of the tab for damages caused by invasive tree-feeding insects that are inadvertently imported along with packing materials, live plants, and other goods. (2011-09-09)
Why do insects stop 'breathing'? To avoid damage from too much oxygen, say researchers
A new study investigating the respiratory system of insects may have solved a mystery that has intrigued physiologists for decades: why insects routinely stop breathing for minutes at a time. (2005-02-14)
Natural insecticide recreated in the lab
A British team headed by Steven V. Ley at the University of Cambridge reports the first synthesis of azadirachtin, a natural compound that stops predatory insects from feeding. (2007-08-22)
Beetle tree of life reveals the evolutionary history of Earth's most diverse group of animals
New research reconstructs the beetle family tree and shows how this important group of insects diversified and otherwise flourished over the last nearly 300 million years. (2015-07-06)
Why locusts abandon a solitary life for the swarm
By applying an old theory that has been used to explain water flow through soil and the spread of forest fires, researchers may have an answer to a perplexing ecological and evolutionary problem: why locusts switch from an innocuous, solitary lifestyle to form massive swarms that can devastate crops and strip fields bare. (2008-12-18)
Videos reveal birds, bats and bugs near Ivanpah solar project power towers
Video surveillance (videos available) is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a study of various techniques used at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System facility in southeastern California. (2016-07-27)
No map, no problems for monarchs
Monarch butterflies have long been admired for their sense of direction, as they migrate from Canada and the United States to Mexico. (2013-04-08)
New recreational travel model to help states stop firewood assisted insect travel
The spread of damaging invasive forest pests is only partially powered by the insects' own wings. (2014-07-09)
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)
Insect genomes' analysis challenges universality of essential cell division proteins
Scientists from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that one of the foundational proteins in cell division, previously shown to be essential in organisms as diverse as yeast, flies and humans, has been surprisingly lost on multiple occasions during insect evolution. (2014-09-23)
Insects develop resistance to engineered crops
Cornell University entomologist Anthony Shelton finds when engineered crops containing just one Bt toxin grow near modified plants with two toxins, insects may more rapidly develop resistance to all the engineered plants. (2005-06-17)
K-State researchers say bug zappers may cause more harm than good
According to a team of researchers at Kansas State University, the sound of bug zappers may also signal the potential for a shower of microorganisms including viruses cascading onto the surrounding area. (1999-06-02)
Increasing predator-friendly land can help farmers reduce costs
Having natural habitat in farming areas that supports ladybugs could help increase their abundance in crops where they control pests and help farmers reduce their costs, says a Michigan State University study. (2012-05-11)
Fossils of earliest stick insect to mimic plants discovered
An ancient stick insect species may have mimicked plant leaves for defense. (2014-03-19)
View of forest insects changing from pests to partners
The massive insect epidemics that have plagued western forests in recent years are mostly a reflection of poor forest health conditions, overcrowding, overuse of chemicals, fire suppression and introduction of monocultures or non-native species. (2001-10-30)
Hummingbird flight an evolutionary marvel
Scientists announced today in the journal Nature that for the first time they can more fully explain how a hummingbird can hover. (2005-06-22)
Deciphering the beetle exoskeleton with nanomechanics
Northwestern Engineering's Horacio D. Espinosa and his group employed a creative way to identify the geometry and material properties of the fibers that comprise a beetle's exoskeleton. (2017-01-11)
Spiders Can Protect Plants From Insects
Spiders can protect plants from leaf-eating insects in exchange for dollops of sugary nectar. (1999-05-12)
Tackling Zika -- using bacteria as a Trojan horse
Bacteria in the gut of disease-bearing insects -- including the mosquito which carries the Zika virus -- can be used as a Trojan horse to help control the insects' population, new research at Swansea University has shown. (2016-02-23)
Direct link established between tropical tree and insect diversity
Higher tree species diversity leads directly to higher diversity of leaf-eating insects, researchers report in the July 13, 2006 early-online version of the journal Science. (2006-07-18)
Bugs not gay, just confused
Dr. Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Oliver Martin of ETH Zurich have found that homosexual behavior in bugs is probably accidental in most cases. (2013-10-21)
'Blinding' an insect's sense of smell may be the best repellent
Rockefeller University scientists have found that a single gene is responsible for the sense of smell in fruit flies, malaria mosquitoes, medfly and corn earworm moth. (2005-02-21)
Ants use sun and memories to guide their backwards walk home
They are famed for their highly developed work ethic ... (2017-01-19)
Ancient 'fig wasp' lived tens of millions of years before figs
A 115-million-year-old fossilized wasp from northeast Brazil presents a baffling puzzle to researchers. (2013-12-05)
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