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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Soldier Beetle Went a-Courtin'

Apr. 29, 2015 — Being bigger and bolder holds various benefits for male soldier beetles. They enjoy higher rates of successful courtship and more often land a larger, more fertile ... read more

Scientists Plan to Fight Insect Pests by Turning Their Own Hormones Against Them

Apr. 27, 2015 — The economic cost of agricultural pests is extremely difficult to estimate, but biological threats such as insects and disease account for around 40% of all crop losses globally. The rising need for ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Animals which appear to shimmer and shine may have evolved these qualities as a way to startle predators, new research ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers need to find ways to measure how the changes in climate are affecting biodiversity. One of the best places to look may be down at our feet, at beetles. That`s because, as a research team ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — For the first time, a research project has investigated how a neonicotinoid pesticide, clothianidin, affects both honeybees and wild bees in an agricultural landscape. The study shows that honeybees ... read more

Poor Diet May Contribute to the Decline in British Bees

Apr. 22, 2015 — The changing British landscape could be contributing to the decline in its bee populations, according research. Analysis of 35 hives in 20 sites in North West England found that honeybees living near ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — The effect is known from the smart phone: Sun is reflected by the display and hardly anything can be seen. In contrast to this, the glasswing butterfly hardly reflects any light in spite of its ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Small insects self-organize the traffic on their trails to accommodate greater numbers and speeds. Rather than slowing down, ants speed up in response to a higher density of traffic on their trails, ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — A genetic test that can prevent the entry of 'killer' bees into Australia and their spread around the world has been created by researchers. "A number of countries have export ... read more

Apr. 17, 2015 — An invasive parasitic fly that harms Darwin's finches and other land birds on the Galapagos Islands, has been found for the the first time in mainland Ecuador, supporting the hypothesis that it ... read more

Perceptions of Environmental Damage Improves Over Time, Despite Lack of Real Change

Apr. 15, 2015 — Human perception of the beetle kill problem in the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska has improved over time, despite little improvement in the environmental conditions, researchers have found. The study drew ... read more

Use of Insects in Animal Feed Seen as Favorable by Farmers, Sector and Consumers

Apr. 15, 2015 — The attitudes towards the use of insects in animal feed and resulting livestock products are generally favorable, so has recent scientific research shown. The use of insects in animal feed is one ... read more

Infectious Ants Become Antisocial

Apr. 14, 2015 — Combining experiments and epidemiological modeling, scientists explore how cleaning behavior affects disease spread in ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle has been described in a new paper. The Mesoamerican adult beetle tends to be somewhat larger than the southern pine beetle, and the holes where ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — The first contribution to a complete identification resource for wasps, bees and ants of Africa and Madagascar has been published. User-friendly identification keys to the families and genera of an ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — Entomologists have unlocked one of the hormonal mechanisms that allow mosquitoes to produce eggs. The results provide insight into how reproduction is regulated in female mosquitoes, which transmit ... read more

Road Salt Guidelines Need Review to Protect Food Chain in Lakes

Apr. 9, 2015 — Lake and highway authorities should consider adjusting road salt use protocols to protect aquatic life such as the water flea, by taking the nutritional status of the lakes into account, experts ... read more

Poor Nutrition for Honey Bee Larvae Compromises Pollination Capabilities as Adults

Apr. 8, 2015 — A new study by Heather Mattila, a leading honey bee ecologist and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College, reveals that inadequate access to pollen during larval development ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Oakblue butterflies may use a variety of chemical strategies to deceive ants and avoid their ... read more

Plotting the Elimination of Dengue

Apr. 8, 2015 — Researchers are using a novel way to block the dengue virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using the insect bacterium, Wolbachia and have for the first time provided projections of its public health ... read more

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