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Milkweed Bug Genome Revealed

April 24, 2019

I’ll admit that I have long admired the beauty of the large milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus, without knowing anything…
Courting bugs attract mates using an elastic ‘snapping organ’ for vibrational communication

March 25, 2019

Researchers at the University of Oxford describe how a newly-discovered “snapping organ” enables courting bugs of both sexes…
Insects and spiders out to find shelter for winter

October 16, 2018

This time of year, insects and spiders are out and about – some in large numbers – looking…
New insights into the chemical communication of stink bugs with implications for pest control

August 21, 2018

For stink bugs to attract a mate or to communicate that they have found food, they use their…
Assassin’s venom system packs a deadly double

February 26, 2018

Venom researchers from The University of Queensland have uncovered a unique and complex venom system within the tiny…
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…
These rapidly reproducing critters offer evolutionary insights

June 8, 2017

It may not be obvious on casual glance, but bugs – flies, beetles, roaches – are constantly changing.…
Common insecticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects

December 8, 2016

Neonicotinoids — the most widely used class of insecticides — significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used…
Giant Thai insect reveals clues to human heart disease

October 3, 2016

What can a Thai water bug teach us about our muscles, especially the heart?  A lot, says Florida…
‘Going Green’ with Stink Bug Control

July 19, 2016

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist has found “green” alternatives to insecticides to control three native stink…
Recognizing correct code

January 30, 2016

MIT researchers have developed a machine-learning system that can comb through repairs to open-source computer programs and learn…
A New Fossil Lace Bug with Unusual Antennae Joins the “Big” Club

December 22, 2015

Have you ever seen a lace bug? Don’t let their pretty name fool you—even though they’re dainty as…
Research Reveals New Discoveries on a Bug with Bifocals

November 5, 2015

While study has long been conducted on vertebrates with sight-sensory systems involving a lens, retina and nervous system,…
Insect decoys could protect ash trees

July 3, 2015

Emerald ash borers have no trouble reproducing themselves as they have now spread through half the United States,…
Drone used to drop beneficial bugs on corn crop

April 20, 2015

University of Queensland agricultural science student Michael Godfrey has developed a drone that spreads beneficial insects onto crops,…
Scientists seek public’s help in tracking new stink bug

April 13, 2015

University of Georgia entomologists are asking Georgians to help track an insect that loves to stow away in…
Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink

March 4, 2015

In a high carbon dioxide world, the trees would come out ahead. Except for the munching bugs. A…
Bugs life: The nerve cells that make locusts ‘gang up’

December 18, 2014

A team of biologists has identified a set of nerve cells in desert locusts that bring about ‘gang-like’…
Update: The nutritionists within: Firebugs depend on gut bacteria for vitamin supply

December 3, 2014

Microbial partners are important for the nutrition of many insects. They help detoxify and digest food, but also…
Kill flies by alternating pesticides, monitoring need

June 25, 2014

Old-fashioned fly swatters may be the most foolproof housefly killer, but for dairy farms, insecticides are the practical…
Pest attacks can lead to bigger crop yields

June 25, 2014

Most farmers fight a constant battle against damaging insects. In a plant science version of “keep your friends…
Fishing spiders leave human anglers in the shade

June 19, 2014

Few people would know that spiders can catch and eat fish – sometimes fish more than twice as…
Protein Could Put Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs in Handcuffs

June 10, 2014

Staph infections that become resistant to multiple antibiotics don’t happen because the bacteria themselves adapt to the drugs,…
‘Phantom’ superbugs – a silent killer

June 2, 2014

University of Queensland researchers have discovered antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the Middle East which is cloaking itself in genetic…
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