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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Naturally Occurring 'GM' Butterflies Produced by Gene Transfer of Wasp-Associated Viruses

Sep. 17, 2015 — Research teams have discovered that genes originating from parasitic wasps are present in the genomes of many butterflies. These genes were acquired through a wasp-associated virus that integrates ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — After being mostly neglected for more than a hundred years, a group of digger wasps from Australia has been given a major overhaul in terms of species descriptions and identification methods. This ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Four new native bee species were recognized as part of the largest Australian nature discovery project 'Bush Blitz.' The South Australian bee specialists used molecular and morphological ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Female butterflies generally choose among male suitors, but with hundreds of related species living in close proximity, how can they decide which are the right ones? A solution is that males have ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Warming temperatures are causing Arctic mosquitoes to grow faster and emerge earlier, significantly boosting their population and threatening the caribou they feast on, a study ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — A strange flea that is believed to be 20-30 million years old has been found in amber from the Dominican Republic. The specimen displays many features that are not found on any other flea, fossil or ... read more

New Genome Sequence to Provide Insight Into Tiger Mosquito and How Deadly Diseases Are Transmitted to Humans

Sep. 15, 2015 — The first draft genome sequence of Aedes albopictus, commonly known as the tiger mosquito, has been published by scientists. This tiger mosquito is responsible for transmitting several deadly ... read more

Size Matters: The More DNA the Better

Sep. 14, 2015 — Variation in genome size may be much more important than previously believed, new research suggests. It is clear that, at least sometimes, a large genome is a good ... read more

Africanized Bees Continue to Spread in California

Sep. 11, 2015 — Biologists have found that the Africanized honey bee -- an aggressive hybrid of the European honey bee -- is continuing to expand its range northward since its introduction into Southern California ... read more

Sep. 9, 2015 — A deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease is widespread in a common Texas insect, according to a new study. The finding suggests that the risk of Texans contracting the disease may be higher than ... read more

Sep. 9, 2015 — In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves induces the plant to turn off its defenses against insect predators, allowing the caterpillar ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — While biocontrol agents come in different shapes, often taking a lot of time for scientists to develop, natural ones seem to be the better option. Now biologists have discovered a new parasitoid wasp ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — Social network Flickr and citizen science website BugGuide have helped scientists to expand the known range of a rarely collected woodwasp native to the eastern United States. Partially thanks to the ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Cornfields with a more diverse insect population have fewer problems with pests, according to a study. The two-year project is the first to use social network analysis to study insect communities in ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists developed a new way to produce images from echolocation, uncovering a new set of cues available to bats and a new phenomenon of 'acoustic camouflage' available to ... read more

How Does an Insecticide Treated Bed Net Actually Work?

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists developed infrared video tracking technology that follows individual mosquitoes in flight as they try to reach a human sleeper inside a bed ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — The unique properties found in the stunning iridescent wings of a tropical blue butterfly could hold the key to developing new highly selective gas detection ... read more

Big Data Battles Small Insect: Terabytes of Mosquito Pictures Help Enhance Mosquito Netting

Sep. 1, 2015 — Researchers are using imaging technologies, that are normally applied to automotive engines and sprays, to image thousands of mosquitoes to help develop better netting and physical protection against ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — When nocturnal insects make their high-flying journeys through the darkness of night, they may have more than an internal compass to guide them on their way. Researchers now show that Silver Y moths ... read more

Ants to the Rescue: How Super-Organisms Could Become Super Pest Controllers

Aug. 31, 2015 — As global population rises and finite resources dwindle, farmers need new, more sustainable ways to control pests. Now, ecologists have found a safe, sustainable and cost-effective new pest control. ... read more

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