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October 28, 2020

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Discovery Adds New Species a Lab's Ghoulish Insect Menagerie

A horrifying insect soap opera with vampires, mummies and infant-eating parasites plays out on the stems and leaves of oak trees every day, and an evolutionary biologist found the latest player, a ...

This Beetle Can Survive Getting Run Over by a Car; Engineers Are Figuring out How

Getting run over by a car is not a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How the beetle survives could inspire the development of ...

Losing Flight Had Huge Benefits for Ants

Researchers have taken detailed scans of worker ants to examine the hypothesis that the loss of flight is directly connected to the evolution of ...

Chemists Create New Crystal Form of Insecticide, Boosting Its Ability to Fight Mosquitoes and Malaria

Through a simple process of heating and cooling, researchers have created a new crystal form of deltamethrin -- a common insecticide used to control ...
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Salt-Based Mosquito-Control Products Are Ineffective

A new study by a bevy of expert mosquito researchers offers an important warning to consumers: Products claiming to reduce mosquito populations with salt-water solutions are ineffective. In a series ...

Scientists Reconstruct Beetles from the Cretaceous

An international research team has examined four newly found specimens of the Mysteriomorphidae beetle using computer tomography and has been able to reconstruct them. The results allow to draw ...

The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout from branches and eventually reach the soil. The tree also has a unique relationship with a wasp that has coevolved ...

Ants Adapt Tool Use to Avoid Drowning

Researchers have observed black imported fire ants using sand to draw liquid food out of containers, when faced with the risk of drowning. This is the first time this sophisticated tool use has been ...

Pollinator Monitoring More Than Pays for Itself

Study found pollinator monitoring schemes, which often combine expert and volunteer observations, provide high-quality scientific data at a far lower cost than individual research ...

Airdropping Sensors from Moths

Researchers have created a sensor system that can ride aboard a small drone or an insect, such as a moth, until it gets to its ...

Pesticides and Food Scarcity Dramatically Reduce Wild Bee Population

The loss of flowering plants and the widespread use of pesticides could be a double punch to wild bee populations. In a new study, researchers found that the combined threats reduced blue orchard bee ...

Evolution: Shifts in Mating Preference

In their efforts to identify the genetic basis for differences in mate choice that keep two co-existing species of butterfly separate, evolutionary biologists have identified five candidate genes ...

Hand Pollination, Not Agrochemicals, Increases Cocoa Yield and Farmer Income

Agroecologists compare pesticides, fertilizers, manual pollination and farming costs in ...

'Immortal' in Tree Resin

Researchers have detected DNA from ambrosia beetles that were trapped in recent tree resin for less than seven ...

Mosquitoes Lost an Essential Gene With No Ill Effects

Scientists discovered mosquitoes are missing a gene that's critical for survival in other insects. Researchers noticed the missing gene and went on the hunt to find out how mosquitoes survive ...

Plant Droplets Serve as Nutrient-Rich Food for Insects

Small watery droplets on the edges of blueberry bush leaves are loaded with nutrients for many insects, including bees, wasps and flies, according to a new study, the first of its kind. The study ...

Biodiversity: 'Cool' Sampling Sites More Likely to Show False Trends

Data collected by citizen science initiatives, museums and national parks is an important basis for research on biodiversity change. However, scientists found that sampling sites are oftentimes not ...

'Insect Armageddon': Low Doses of the Insecticide, Imidacloprid, Cause Blindness in Insects

New research provides important evidence on the role of insecticides on the longevity of insect ...

Shorebirds More Likely to Divorce After Successful Breeding

Researchers found that a range of factors affected the fidelity and parenting behavior of plovers, rather than being defined by the ...

Sentinels of Ocean Acidification Impacts Survived Earth's Last Mass Extinction

Two groups of tiny, delicate marine organisms, sea butterflies and sea angels, were found to be surprisingly resilient -- having survived dramatic global climate change and Earth's most recent ...

Salute the Venerable Ensign Wasp, Killing Cockroaches for 25 Million Years

A new study has identified four new species of parasitic, cockroach-killing ensign wasps that became encased in tree resin 25 million years ago and were preserved as the resin fossilized into ...

Provide Shady Spots to Protect Butterflies from Climate Change

Researchers have discovered significant variations in the ability of different UK butterfly species to maintain a suitable body temperature. Species that rely most on finding a suitably shady ...

New Tool Mimics Human Skin to Allow Detailed Study of Mosquito Biting

Scientists have developed a tool for studying the biting behavior of common pathogen-carrying ...

Inside the Secret Lives of Synchronous Fireflies

Ever wonder why some fireflies flash in harmony? New research sheds light on this beautiful phenomenon and strives to understand how relatively simple insects manage to coordinate such feats of ...

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