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Brilliant iridescence can conceal as well as attract

January 24, 2020

A new study shows for the first time that the striking iridescent colours seen in some animals increase…
Scientists Bolt Down the Defenses Against Ambrosia Beetles

January 14, 2020

Exotic ambrosia beetles are costly pests of ornamental and fruit trees nationwide—from front-yard plantings of Japanese maple and…
Pine trees with larger resin ducts better able to survive mountain pine beetle attack

December 17, 2019

Not all pine trees are created equal when it comes to fending off their mortal enemy, the mountain…
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,…
Old into new: Geneticists track the evolution of parenting

February 14, 2017

University of Georgia researchers have confirmed that becoming a parent brings about more than just the obvious offspring—it…
Newly discovered beetle species named after Rockefeller’s Daniel Kronauer

February 14, 2017

Scientists can rack up many awards, but to have one’s name cemented in scientific nomenclature is a special…
Beetles born on the edge make invasion faster

January 30, 2017

Just a little bit of help from evolution allows invasive species to disperse farther and faster, according to…
Variable tree growth after fire protects forests from future bark beetle outbreaks

November 9, 2016

Do severe wildfires make forests in the western United States more susceptible to future bark beetle outbreaks? The…
New Study Details Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Habitat and New Threats

September 7, 2016

A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows, for the first time ever, detailed habitat information on…
Entomologist describes new Nebraska beetle species

May 24, 2016

After more than 40 years, an overlooked species of hide beetle is finally getting its due. Brett Ratcliffe,…
Too much sex causes genitals to change shape, beetle study shows

May 22, 2016

Sexual conflict between males and females can lead to changes in the shape of their genitals, according to…
Beetles assert dominance by being a lover not a fighter, new research shows

March 3, 2016

The pioneering new research, produced by scientists at the University of Exeter, has shown that same-sex sexual behaviour…
Beetle-inspired engineering could lessen energy costs associated with controlling frost

January 25, 2016

In a discovery that may lead to ways to prevent frost on airplane parts, condenser coils, and even…
First Study of Arthropods in U.S. Homes Finds Huge Biodiversity

January 21, 2016

The first study to evaluate the biodiversity of arthropods in U.S. homes finds that humans share their houses…
Small males have more sex appeal, new research shows

January 8, 2016

The research published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology found that while small male beetles were more successful…
Beetle to prevent blockages in oil

December 11, 2015

A protein from a tiny long-horned beetle may prove to be a safe, eco-friendly alternative to the chemicals…
Fire severity in southwestern Colorado unaffected by spruce beetle outbreak, study finds

October 30, 2015

Contrary to expectations that spruce beetle infestations increase the severity of wildfires in southwestern Colorado, a new study…
Beetles provide clues about the genetic foundations of parenthood

October 8, 2015

A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Georgia has identified many of the genetic changes…
3D Printing Could Help Save Avocado and Landscape Trees

October 1, 2015

University of California, Riverside scientists are using 3D printing technology to study a beetle that is causing severe…
Burying beetles: could being a good father send you to an early grave?

September 22, 2015

New research shows beetles that received no care as larvae were less effective at raising a large brood…
Molecule-trapping tricks of the Rhipicera beetle

September 16, 2015

Recent research from a team led by Dr Jonathan Cox shows how certain beetles use their antennae to…
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