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Pine trees send chemical warning to each other when pine beetles attack

August 12, 2019

New University of Alberta research first to show that lodgepole pines release chemicals to warn related trees of…
Examining buried secrets of endangered beetle

May 29, 2019

Through a partnership with the National Research Traineeship Program, Ludwig is studying the American burying beetle — a nocturnal…
Parasites help beetle hosts function more effectively

May 6, 2019

A common woodland beetle that plays an important role in the decomposition of fallen trees may be getting a…
These Beetles Have Successfully Freeloaded for 100 Million Years

April 18, 2019

Almost 100 million years ago, a tiny and misfortunate beetle died after wandering into a sticky glob of…
Mystery of submerged beetles’ breathing solved

April 15, 2019

The mystery of how aquatic beetles breathe in underground water has been solved by researchers from the University…
Some beetles somehow manage to breathe under water, but how?

April 14, 2019

Our world is full of life. You can look up in the sky or under your feet –…
How the termite got its giant jaw: Genetic study finds similar genetic method to stag beetles

April 2, 2019

Termites develop their oversized jaws due to a combination of hormone and genetic signals. Researchers say that studies…
Nature’s Own Biorefinery

March 20, 2019

Insects are critical contributors to ecosystem functioning, and like most living organisms their co-evolution with microbes has been…
Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise

March 6, 2019

Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their…
Genome Published of the Small Hive Beetle, a Major Honey Bee Parasite

December 20, 2018

Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle’s genome by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)…
Scarab passion leads to discovery of 8 new species

November 2, 2018

Nebraska’s Brett Ratcliffe has made a career of exploring darkened rainforests and expansive museum collections to discover new…
Symbiosis of burying beetles

October 17, 2018

The burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides buries the cadavers of small animals in soil to use them as a food source…
Neglected baby beetles evolve greater self-reliance

October 1, 2018

A new study reveals that when burying beetle larvae are denied parental support, they evolve bigger jaws to…
Long term use of some pesticides is killing off dung beetle populations

July 12, 2018

Researchers studied 24 cattle farms across south west England and found that farms that used certain pesticides had…
How antifreeze proteins stop ice cold

July 12, 2018

How do insects survive harsh northern winters? Unlike mammals, they don’t have thick coats of fur to keep…
Iridescent colours in nature may actually act as a form of camouflage

May 27, 2018

What colours would you choose for your camouflage to hide in some natural setting? Green comes to mind,…
Scientists attached tiny weights to some burying beetles to test their parental and survival instincts

March 23, 2018

Caring for your offspring is a strong instinct many animals have. It is not limited to mammals –…
Hybrid mountain pine beetles set to spread more easily

February 26, 2018

A hybrid population of mountain pine beetles is set to do further damage to one of Canada’s most…
Wildlife friendly plantations

February 8, 2018

Vast areas of the Amazon tropic forest are being cleared for plantations with huge implications not only for…
Colorado potato beetle genome gives insight into major agricultural pest

February 2, 2018

The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry — and for its…
Biologists create beetle with functional extra eye

November 16, 2017

On “Game of Thrones,” a three-eyed raven holds the secrets of the past, present and future in a…
New trap for mountain pine beetles could help weaken their spread

November 6, 2017

By tweaking the existing bait and changing up the spacing of pine trees used to trap and monitor…
Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robots

September 27, 2017

Robots perform many tasks that humans can’t or don’t want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels…
Firefly researchers mapping ‘world’s second-most interesting genome’

September 20, 2017

Goodbye, fireflies. Fireflies have long inspired wonder. Their flashbulbs of light blink in warm backyards as long summer…
Tree’s chemistry puts mountain pine beetle in sticky situation

August 10, 2017

A University of Alberta forestry professor has cracked a key mystery surrounding the mountain pine beetle. After studying…
Leaf beetles: Even a tiny dose of pesticide will impair reproduction

August 1, 2017

The number of insects in Germany is declining rapidly – in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia alone, it…
Parasitizing wasps offer hope against devastating lily beetle

July 11, 2017

Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle,…
Secret of why jewel scarab beetles look like pure gold, explained by physicists

June 26, 2017

‘All that glitters is not gold’, finds research programme into way jewel beetles reflect light. The secrets of…
Symbiotic bacteria: from hitchhiker to beetle bodyguard

April 28, 2017

An international team of researchers have discovered a remarkable microbe with a Jekyll and Hyde character. The bacterium…
Researchers decipher nanoscale architecture of beetle shell

February 23, 2017

Beetles wear a body armor that should weigh them down — think medieval knights and turtles. In fact,…
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