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May 30, 2016

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May 30, 2016

May 27, 2016 — Manduca sexta hawk moth use their proboscis to smell the floral volatiles when they visit flowers, report scientists. They discovered the olfactory neurons involved in the perception of these ... read more

Discovering How Well Wearable Mosquito Repellent Devices Work

May 24, 2016 — Researchers are testing the efficacy of commercially available wearable mosquito repellent ... read more

May 16, 2016 — An entomologist at the University of Arkansas recently collected thirty species of plant-feeding wasps that had not been previously recorded in the state. While many of the species are widely ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Red knot birds are becoming smaller as temperatures warm in their Arctic breeding grounds. But the migrating birds don't pay the price for this climate-caused shrinkage until they arrive at the ... read more

May 12, 2016 — The discovery that dung beetles use the light of the Milky Way to navigate in the world has received much praise. Researchers have now taken a new step in understanding the existence of these unique ... read more

Viruses Detected in Swedish Mosquito Larvae

May 12, 2016 — After an outbreak of Ockelbo disease in northern Sweden in 2013, researchers were able to trace the virus to mosquitoes. In a new study, researchers have shown that mosquito larvae also carry viruses ... read more

May 11, 2016 — Can mealworms be used to solve two global problems? Researchers suggest that yes: for food sustainability and plastic ... read more

You Are What You Eat: Biologists Map Genetic Pathways of Nutrition-Based Species Traits

May 11, 2016 — Biologists have significantly advanced understanding of the genetic pathways that control the appearance of different physical traits in the same species depending on nutritional conditions ... read more

May 11, 2016 — If the bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) is consumed by herbivores, the plant secretes a nectar directly from the wounds that attracts ants and thus protects the plant from further feeding ... read more

May 11, 2016 — Roses are red, violets are blue. Everybody knows that, but what makes them so? Although plant breeders were aware of some of the genes involved, there was as yet no quantitative study of how pigment ... read more

May 10, 2016 — United States beekeepers lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies from April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. This is a higher ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Acoustic warning signals emitted by tiger moths to deter bats -- a behavior previously proven only in the laboratory -- actually occur in nature and are used as a defense mechanism, according to new ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Nine ornamental species were irrigated with a nutrient solution at three different electrical conductivity rates and were assessed for growth and physiological responses. Orange peel jessamine and ... read more

Honeybees More Likely to Regulate Hive's 'Thermostat' During Rapid Temperature Increases

May 9, 2016 — Honeybees use their wings to cool down their hives when temperatures rise, but new research shows that this intriguing behavior may be linked to both the rate of heating and the size of a honeybee ... read more

May 6, 2016 — Most insects have dedicated sensory systems to detect water vapor in the air, but little has been known about how they work. Now researchers are the first to discover a sensory system that directly ... read more

May 5, 2016 — A team of scientists has discovered a key mechanism that drives a bacteria that kills male insects, a development that could potentially be exploited to control insect pest species in the ... read more

Birdcages Source of Dengue Virus

May 7, 2016 — Researchers in Malaysia and Japan have found that birdcages kept at home may be a breeding site for mosquitoes that transmit dengue virus to ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Researchers have found an evolutionary connection between dinosaurs and dung beetles. Scientists uncovered the first molecular evidence indicating that dung beetles evolved in association with ... read more

How Tree Crickets Tune Into Each Other's Songs

May 4, 2016 — As temperature changes, tree crickets can adjust their ears at a cellular and therefore mechanical level to match the changing frequency of each others ... read more

Inheritable Bacterium Controls Aedes Mosquitoes' Ability to Transmit Zika

May 4, 2016 — Aedes mosquitoes carrying the bacterium Wolbachia -- found inside the cells of 60 percent of all insect species -- are drastically less able to transmit Zika virus, say ... read more

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