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Insects (including Butterflies) News
October 27, 2016

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October 27, 2016

Oct. 7, 2016 — Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides -- including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides -- are often implicated as ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — Female moths produce a sex pheromone, a different blend of chemicals for each species, which attracts males from a distance. Males detect these chemicals with exquisitely sensitive hair-like ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — "Old" doesn't always have to mean "primitive." Paleontologists have discovered a tiny biting midge no larger than one millimeter in 54 million-year-old amber. The insect ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Spider flies are usually a rarely encountered group of insects, except in Western North America, where the North American jewelled spider flies (the Eulonchus genus) can be locally abundant in ... read more

Urban Warming Slows Tree Growth, Photosynthesis

Oct. 5, 2016 — New research finds that urban warming reduces growth and photosynthesis in city trees. The researchers found that insect pests are part of the problem, but that heat itself plays a more significant ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Bumblebees can learn to pull strings for food and pass on the ability to a colony, according to new ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — A new study has found important results in the fight against Zika virus: Culex mosquitoes do not appear to transmit Zika ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — While new ant species are usually discovered in surveys involving researchers searching through leaf litter, it turns out that sifting through the stomach contents of insect-eating frogs might prove ... read more

Global Warming Collapses Symbiotic Gut Bacteria, Killing Host Insects

Oct. 4, 2016 — A new study shows that when heat-susceptible bacteria living symbiotically in the guts of insects are exposed to increased temperatures, both the bacteria and the insect are negatively impacted and ... read more

Queens, Sex and Colony Collapse

Oct. 4, 2016 — When a queen has sex with many different partners, it can increase her risk of infection with venereal disease. It can also lead to the collapse of her colony. This might read like ingredients for a ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — How does a male moth find the right type of female for mating when there are two similar types luring him with their pheromones? In many species, differences in the antenna used by the male to smell ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Invasive insects cause at least 69 billion euros of damage per annum worldwide, say investigators, whose study brought together the largest database ever developed on economic damage attributable to ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — An incredibly advanced hearing system which enables a group of insects to listen to the same sound twice with each ear, helping them to locate the sound’s origin with pinpoint accuracy, has been ... read more

Cities Can Serve as a Refuge for Insect Pollinators

Oct. 3, 2016 — Residents living in towns and cities can play a major role in ensuring insect pollinators survive and thrive around them, a team of international scientists has ... read more

Giant Thai Insect Reveals Clues to Human Heart Disease

Sep. 30, 2016 — An electron microscope has been used to capture the first three-dimensional image of a tiny filament, or strand, of an essential muscle that the palm-sized water bug Lethocerus indicus uses to fly. ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — After bumblebees drink a small droplet of really sweet sugar water, they behave like they are in a positive emotion-like state, scientists have ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Could we get rid of mosquitoes without polluting the environment? Yes, we can, say researchers. The BinAB toxin, produced in crystal form by a bacterium, specifically kills the larvae of Culex and ... read more

Sep. 28, 2016 — Insects are tough animals to study. One reason is their armor-like coating, called an exoskeleton, which protects their organs. Researchers have discovered a technique to open the exoskeleton in ... read more

Fungus Makes Mosquitoes Much More Likely to Become Infected With Malaria

Sep. 28, 2016 — A fungus that compromises the immune system of mosquitoes, making them more susceptible to infection with the parasite that causes malaria, has been discovered by scientists. Because environmental ... read more

Sep. 28, 2016 — Forget the view of the Arctic as an icy desert devoid of life. The Arctic summer is buzzing with insects -- and here as everywhere else, plants rely on them for pollination. But who are the insects ... read more

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