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September 1, 2015

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September 1, 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. 21, 2015 — Lycaenid butterfly larvae, which are in a symbiotic relationship with ants, can control the effect of dopamine by supplying the ants with nectar, new research shows. The results of this study provide ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — The start of the school year means new classes, new friends, homework and sports. It also brings the threat of head lice. Scientists report today that lice populations in at least 25 states have ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Native North Americans have long adorned themselves and their homes with fragrant sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata), a native plant used in traditional medicine, to repel biting insects, and mosquitoes ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — When fruit flies are attacked by parasites or bacteria they respond by producing offspring with greater genetic variability, new research shows. This extra genetic variability may give the offspring ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — For any complex society to function properly, individuals must reliably recognize their friends and family with whom they live and work and readily distinguish those allies from strangers. Ants and ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Why some species of plants and animals vary more in number than others is a central issue in ecology. Now researchers have found an important finding to answer this question: Individual differences ... 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

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