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July 27, 2016

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July 27, 2016

Collective Hum: Buzzing Midges Inspire New Swarm Theory

July 21, 2016 — A team of researchers based in Israel and the US has found a mathematical resemblance between swarm dynamics and gravitational interactions. The study could provide a big leap forward in ... read more

Moving Objects and Flowing Air: How Bees Position Their Antennae During Flight

July 18, 2016 — During flight, bees need to position their antennae carefully to get accurate information about the speed of air flowing past their bodies. This is crucial for them to make mid-air decisions in a ... read more

July 15, 2016 — Scientists may have discovered a new and effective way to control insect pests that are a threat to agriculture and humans. Researchers have identified a gene in vinegar flies responsible for the ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Without simple repeating sequences of the DNA 'letters' GA on the X chromosome, distinct genders could never have evolved, at least in flies and mosquitoes, report ... read more

July 14, 2016 — A new study finds that access to some nutrients may be a star player in shaping traits related to fitness such as fecundity and eye size over the long term. Given drastic increases in the ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Thousands of insects, plants and other life forms have been found trapped in ancient amber deposits, but a new discovery shows a rarity of a different type -- the one that got away. This insect ... read more

July 13, 2016 — An analysis of ant colony behavior could yield better algorithms for network communication, say investigators. Biologists have long suspected that ants base their population-density estimates on the ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Imagine rolling your eyes to help you see more clearly. Although it wouldn't work for humans, new research has shown mantis shrimp use eye rotations to enhance their polarization ... read more

Flying Insects Defy Aerodynamic Laws of Airplanes, Researchers Find

July 11, 2016 — The maneuvers of flying insects are unmatched by even the best pilots, and this might be due to the fact that these critters don't obey the same aerodynamic laws as airplanes, a team of ... read more

New Insect Imaging Technique May Help Victims of Sleeping Sickness

July 11, 2016 — Researchers have employed near infrared still photographs and time-lapse video to observe the pupa of the living tsetse fly. The imaging technique may allow lab workers to identify male and female ... read more

July 11, 2016 — As many as 24 assassin bugs new to science were discovered by Dr. Guanyang Zhang and his team. In their article, published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal, they describe the new insects ... read more

Hold the Nectar, These Butterflies Feed on Galls and Honeydew

July 10, 2016 — While most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers, researchers believe that northern oak hairstreaks feed on non-nectar sources such as oak galls and honeydew from aphids and other ... read more

July 8, 2016 — The resurgence of Zika virus has raised anxieties about the spread of infectious disease by mosquitoes; climate change and species invasions are strong themes on the minds of infectious disease ... read more

How Fungi Stage a Deadly Under-Water Attack on Aedes Mosquito Larvae

July 7, 2016 — Insect pathogenic fungi can grow in liquid suspensions and on solid substrates, and their spores can attack and kill mosquitoes in aquatic or terrestrial environments. A new study demonstrates that ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Rats, men and cockroaches appear to have a similar GPS in their heads that allows them to navigate new surroundings, researchers have ... read more

July 7, 2016 — The penis of the thistle tortoise beetle is as long as the beetle itself. Something that initially sounds exciting, can be complicated during mating. This is because the females also have a ... read more

Butterflies' Wing Patterns Change With the Seasons

July 7, 2016 — Tropical butterflies adapt to their environment to improve their chances of survival. The changes are triggered by hormone signals that transmit information about temperature to the butterflies' ... read more

July 6, 2016 — Air pollutants interact with and break down plant-emitted scent molecules, which insect pollinators use to locate needed food, according to a team of researchers. The pollution-modified plant odors ... read more

Songbird Dads Vary Their 'Catering' Duties According to Circumstances

July 6, 2016 — Expecting songbird dads do not always work themselves into frenzy to provide food to their partners sitting on the nest. They take breaks on warmer days, when food is more readily available or if ... read more

July 5, 2016 — This iridescent jewel beetle, responsible for the death of more than 50 million ash trees in the United States, has blazed an absolute path of destruction west since its discovery in Michigan in ... read more

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