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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,…
A tale of two skeeters

May 17, 2019

It’s rare that scientists see the good in the presence of an invasive species. But Washington University in…
Tracking dragonflies, citizen scientists gain insight to Arboretum’s wetlands

October 13, 2018

Dragonflies catch the eye as they hover, dart or swoop over ponds and wetlands. To a careful observer,…
Research solves the mystery of how fruit flies avoid danger

August 29, 2018

A wasp puts its tongue on a fruit fly larva. Sensing danger, the larva quickly reverses. That response…
Dragonfly Larvae Inspire New Designs for Prosthetic Heart Valves

July 18, 2018

Mory Gharib (PhD ’83), the Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering in the Division of Engineering…
Honeybees prioritize well-fed larvae for emergency queen-rearing, study finds

June 11, 2018

New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen.…
Dig, Dive, Survive

September 7, 2017

We humans aren’t the only creatures drawn by the smell of a good meal. Fruit fly larvae, it…
Populations adapt as nature and nurture work together

May 12, 2017

You live, you learn — even if you’re a larva and especially if there’s a little shock involved.…
Who needs a body? Not these larvae, which are basically swimming heads

December 18, 2016

Graduate student Paul Gonzalez at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station recently became a hunter, breeder and farmer of…
‘Genetic super switch’ separates insect boys from girls and queens from the plebs

April 13, 2016

Social insects such as ants, bees and wasps appear to be blessed with a genetic ‘super switch’ that…
The dandelion uses latex to protect its roots against insect feeding

January 7, 2016

Dandelions are troublesome weeds that are detested by most gardeners. Yet dandelions also have many insect enemies in…
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…
PlankZooka Larval Sampler May Revolutionize Deep-Ocean Research

July 20, 2015

Scientists have successfully conducted the first high-volume collection of plankton, including animal larvae, from the deep ocean using…
New moth may curb pests, delay Bt crop resistance

July 17, 2015

Diamondback moths are notorious pests of crucifer crops, including canola and such vegetables as cabbages, broccoli and mustards,…
Location isn’t everything but timing is for certain spawning fish

July 4, 2015

The larvae of some species of reef fish appear to survive better depending on the timing of when…
Newly Named Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae Thrive

May 7, 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified a bacterium that appears to give honey bee larvae a…
Beneficial Insect Virus Gets Boost as Crop Pest Fighter

March 30, 2015

Common baking ingredients may offer a way to bolster the effectiveness of Cydia pomonella granulovirus (CpGV), a natural insect…
Small predator diversity is an important part of a healthy ecosystem

February 24, 2015

Biodiversity, including small predators such as dragonflies and other aquatic bugs that attack and consume parasites, may improve…
Discovery aims to fight destructive bee disease

December 17, 2014

University of Guelph researchers hope their new discovery will help combat a disease killing honeybee populations around the…
Researchers identify the metabolic products of foulbrood pathogen in honeybees

August 1, 2014

Credit: Wiley-VCH Infections with American foulbrood can destroy entire bee populations. A team of German and Dutch researchers…
Dead body feeding larvae useful in forensic investigations

July 24, 2014

Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the…
Marine tubeworms need nudge to transition from larvae state

January 10, 2014

Larvae of the marine tubeworm Hydroides elegans, a significant biofouling agent, require contact with surface-bound bacteria to undergo metamorphosis.…
New study reveals the biomechanics of how marine snail larvae swim

December 19, 2013

Epifluorescent microscopy image of an Atlantic slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) veliger larva. Credit: Andreas Hejnol, Sars International Centre…
Surf’s up: Turbulence tells sea urchins to settle down

April 15, 2013

Tumbling in the waves as they hit a rocky shore tells purple sea urchin larvae it’s time to…
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