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Leaving more deadwood in forests enhances biodiversity: study

September 25, 2019

Increasing the amounts of deadwood in protected forests would help conserve biodiversity, according to a new University of…
Turning hype into real alternatives

September 25, 2019

“There’s no doubt that the idea of using insects as food in Europe has caused some hype. But…
5 minutes of laying down and screaming – you better avoid the tarantula hawk wasp

September 25, 2019

Like most people, you’ve probably experiences a bee sting or two. Bees, wasps and even bumblebees are always…
Study gives the green light to the fruit fly’s color preference

September 20, 2019

For more than a century, the humble and ubiquitous fruit fly has helped scientists shed light on human…
An adult worker honey bee collecting pollen. Illustration by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS
Microbes on the Menu for Bee Larvae

August 22, 2019

Bees only feast on nectar and pollen, right? Wrong. Turns out, Nature’s famously busy insect isn’t strictly vegan,…
Seismic lines helped butterflies survive Fort McMurray wildfire, study shows

August 20, 2019

Even as Alberta’s fierce wildfire raged in and around Fort McMurray in 2016, plants and butterflies were surviving…
Scientists aim to solve ‘male-killing’ evolutionary insect puzzle

August 19, 2019

Researchers at the University of Liverpool are leading a new international project to investigate the curious phenomenon of…
Sex lives of flies could be key to tackling food waste

August 14, 2019

This National Science Week, Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has revealed how a secret recipe to get Black…
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…
In sexual conflict, ant queens prevail in evolutionary arms race

July 30, 2019

It’s hidden from sight, but there’s an epic battle of the sexes raging in the leafcutter ant species…
Pheromones Give Nematodes a Boost in Controlling Pests

July 26, 2019

Beneficial nematodes are used as biological control agents to fight a variety of insect pests that severely damage…
Plants defend against insects by inducing ‘leaky gut syndrome’

July 23, 2019

Plants may induce “leaky gut syndrome” — permeability of the gut lining — in insects as part of…
Fruit flies find their way by setting navigational goals

July 23, 2019

When a fruit fly decides it wants to walk in a particular direction, it sticks to its plan…
Japanese scientists embrace creepy-crawlies

July 18, 2019

Firms in Japan are changing people’s perceptions about common spiders, worms and insect larvae. These seemingly unwanted creatures…
Predilections of a destructive pest

May 29, 2019

By the chain link fence lining the southern border of The Woodlands Cemetery property, Benjamin Rohr attempts to avoid…
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…
Protecting rare species can benefit human life

May 20, 2019

Preserving rare species for the sake of global biodiversity has long been the primary focus for conservationists. To…
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…
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…
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…
Daisy Chain: A Gene Drive System With Built-in Controls

April 8, 2019

Genetic engineering tools that spread genes within a target species have the potential to humanely control harmful pests…
‘Nightmarish’ antlions’ spiral digging techniques create effective and deadly traps

March 28, 2019

A team of biologists and physicists, led by the University of Bristol, have uncovered new insights into how…
Can insects feed the world?

March 20, 2019

Putting insects on the menu requires more than just good presentation, according to Roberto Flore, a renowned chef…
Mighty mites give scrawny beetles the edge over bigger rivals

March 6, 2019

In a study featuring a miniature ‘gym’ for beetles (complete with beetle treadmills), researchers from the University of…
World’s biggest bee found

February 25, 2019

Last seen in 1981 and thought lost to science, a team of scientists and conservationists, including Honorary Professor…
Gardening practices can be tailored for pollinators

February 22, 2019

Insect pollinators are declining due to habitat loss, pesticide use and other causes. Pollinator gardens are growing in…
Nearly Half the World‘s Insects might go Extinct within Decades if Decisive Action is not Taken

February 12, 2019

Thanks to our current agricultural practices, nearly half of all insect species are in rapid decline and a…
These are field crickets (Gryllus campestris). Image credit:
Wild insects ‘get old’ before they die

January 15, 2019

Short-lived wild insects “get old” – losing some of their physical abilities – before they die, new research shows.…
Termites help reduce the impact of drought on tropical rainforests

January 14, 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, the Natural History Museum,…
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