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Pain in the asp: bird-deterring nets create haven for stinging pests

September 9, 2019

While collecting data from live oak trees in the world’s largest medical center, Rice University evolutionary ecologists have…
Caterpillars perceive colour through their skin

August 16, 2019

It is difficult to distinguish caterpillars of the peppered moth from a twig. The caterpillars not only mimic…
Twig-mimicking caterpillars sense colour through their skin

August 12, 2019

It is difficult to distinguish caterpillars of the peppered moth from a twig. The caterpillars not only mimic…
Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger long distances

September 17, 2018

In one video, you can see a hungry caterpillar, first working around a leaf’s edges, approaching the base…
First time observed: monarch butterflies lay eggs in spring in Las Vegas

June 18, 2018

A Master Gardener’s five-year quest to increase pollinators by planting and conducting research with 30 varieties of milkweed…
Caterpillar ‘road rage’ could affect migration

May 14, 2018

Highway noise can lead to stress for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Monarch butterfly caterpillars living next to roads may be…
Virus inhibits immune response of caterpillars and plants

May 2, 2018

It is well known that certain wasps suppress the immune systems of their caterpillar hosts so they can…
Scientists discover hybrid swarm in global mega-pest

April 6, 2018

One of the pests, the cotton bollworm, is widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe and causes damage to…
Tiny hairy caterpillars pose a great danger on thoroughbred breeding

February 4, 2018

How a small hairy caterpillar can cost millions of dollars to an ages old industry, which was known…
No microbes? No problem for caterpillars

August 23, 2017

The microbiome seems ubiquitous: Humans and many other species rely on billions of tiny organisms in their guts…
Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

April 26, 2017

A common insect larva that eats beeswax has been found to break down chemical bonds in the plastic…
Caterpillars of the Greater Wax Moth can Digest Polyethylene

April 25, 2017

For the most part, plastic is a tough material, which takes a fairly long time to break down…
New pathogen takes control of gypsy moth populations

April 23, 2016

A new fungal pathogen is killing gypsy moth caterpillars and crowding out communities of pathogens and parasites that…
Caterpillar deceives corn plant into lowering defenses against it

September 15, 2015

In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves…
Birds time breeding to hit ‘peak caterpillar’

May 25, 2015

When oaks burst into life in spring populations of oak-leaf-eating caterpillars boom: this offers a food bonanza for…
Mechanisms producing diverse coloration patterns in caterpillars

October 20, 2014

It is known that eye spots on the larvae of butterflies and moths (caterpillars) function as aposematic (warning)…
For caterpillars, diet is destiny

July 28, 2014

For caterpillars, having a well-rounded diet can be fraught with peril. UC Irvine and Wesleyan University biologists have…
Modern caterpillars feed at higher temperatures in response to climate change

December 27, 2013

Caterpillars of two species of butterflies in Colorado and California have evolved to feed rapidly at higher temperatures…
The riddle of eye-like patterns: The mechanisms of spot marking formation on caterpillars

June 5, 2013

Spot markings are often observed on caterpillars of butterflies and moths and used for aposematic coloration, but little…
Small mammal, caterpillar partners in food supply

April 25, 2013

Who would have thought that two very different species, a small insect and a furry alpine mammal, would…
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