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August 30, 2015

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August 30, 2015

Aug. 24, 2015 — Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a new ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Sand fleas occupy the swash zone of sandy beaches where they are exposed to a range of visually-guided predators, including shorebirds and crabs. Now researchers have discovered that these fleas have ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — The evolutionary loss of the 'altruistic' worker caste in ants is not accompanied by a loss of genes, an international team of researchers has found. The results reported in this new ... read more

Native Plants Alone May Not Be the Best Option for Pollinating Insects in UK Gardens

Aug. 11, 2015 — New research identifies that a mix of plants from around the world may be the most effective way to sustain pollinators. The research reveals a mixture of native and non-native ornamental plants may ... read more

Severe Droughts Could Lead to Widespread Losses of Butterflies by 2050

Aug. 10, 2015 — Widespread drought-sensitive butterfly population extinctions could occur in the UK as early as 2050 according to a new study. However, the authors conclude that substantial greenhouse gas emission ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — An ichneumonid parasitic wasp seizes control of the parasitized spider and exploits its 'resting web' building behavior as seen before moulting, scientists have discovered. Researchers ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed. The researchers focused on the way that exposure to ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — A new family of glycerol transporters may help to explain why insects are the most successful group of organisms in the history of life. Excluding bacteria, insects represent more than half of the ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — The first atlas of genetic diversity of butterflies in the Iberian Peninsula has been created by researchers who have been sequencing the mitochondrial DNA from 228 known species and main populations ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — Flowers can pose a grave danger to bees, a team of researchers has determined. The study is the first to show that not only can bees disperse parasites around the environment but also that flowers ... read more

Can Habitat Protection Save Our Disappearing Bats?

Aug. 4, 2015 — In summertime, bats are a common feature in the night sky, swooping around backyards to gobble up mosquitoes. Bats also help with crops: they act as a natural pesticide by feeding on harmful insects. ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — The dangers of relying on climate-based projections of future crop pest distributions have been highlighted by a new paper that suggests that rapid evolution can confound model ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — Their arrival used to be perceived as a bad omen: Because of their scull-like markings on their backs the Death's head hawkmoths (Acherontia atropos) were dreaded. And yet, the big moth with ... read more

July 31, 2015 — When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don't have a choice -- they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. Now for the first time, ... read more

Scientists Warn an Entire Eco-System Is Under Threat from Climate Change

July 31, 2015 — Birds, bugs and blanket bogs -- scientists warn an entire eco-system is under threat from climate ... read more

Butterflies Heat Up the Field of Solar Research

July 31, 2015 — The humble butterfly could hold the key to unlocking new techniques to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient, pioneering new research has shown. By mimicking the v-shaped posture adopted by ... read more

Electric Fields Signal 'No Flies Zone'

July 30, 2015 — The behavior of fruit flies, which are commonly used in laboratory experiments, is altered by electric fields, new research shows. The research indicates that the wings of the insects are disturbed ... read more

July 30, 2015 — A physics-based model can explain how ants cooperate in steering food to their nest. To lug a large object, a number of ants surround it -- the back ones lift, those on the leading edge pull. How do ... read more

July 29, 2015 — Researchers studied six under-tree vegetation-free strip widths and supplemental irrigation in years 4-8 of a young peach orchard to determine effects on peach tree growth and fruit yield, harvest ... read more

July 27, 2015 — A previously unknown species of insect living has been discovered living within reach of Australian suburbia. A researcher investigated the insect responsible for bush coconuts in South East ... read more

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