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Insects (including Butterflies) News
March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

Feb. 24, 2017 — Biologists expand on more than 150 years of textbook wisdom with a new explanation for wasp ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Anisoplin, a new protein produced by a pathogenic fungus of insects and mites that provides new possibilities for the design of biotechnological tools to control pests, researchers have ... read more

Contact Tracing and Targeted Insecticide Spraying Can Curb Dengue Outbreaks

Feb. 23, 2017 — Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying of insecticide can greatly reduce ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Although stingless bees do not have a sting to fend off enemies, they are nonetheless able to defend their hives against attacks. Only four years ago it was discovered that a Brazilian bee species, ... read more

Scientists Decipher the Nanoscale Architecture of a Beetle's Shell

Feb. 22, 2017 — A professor of mechanical and materials engineering has found a way to analyze the fibrous nanostructure of a beetle's lightweight but durable ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — The mosquito Aedes aegypti, which can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, and yellow fever virus, requires a blood meal to develop eggs. One way to control the spread of these diseases is ... read more

Ants Stomp, Termites Tiptoe: Predator Detection by a Cryptic Prey

Feb. 22, 2017 — Secretive and destructive, termites live in close proximity to predatory ants yet still outsmart them. New research shows why -- termites have evolved the capability to sense vibrations of their ... read more

It Takes Two to Tango: Beetles Are Equal Partners in Mating Behavior

Feb. 21, 2017 — Beetles that copulate with the same mate as opposed to different partners will repeat the same behavior, debunking previous suggestions that one sex exerts control over the other in copulation, new ... read more

Pest Ant Control Improved With Water-Resistant Bait

Feb. 20, 2017 — Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers. A comparison study shows a water-resistant ant bait ... read more

More Warm-Dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change

Feb. 20, 2017 — Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to an ... read more

Speciation Is Not All About Good Looks: For Stick Insects, the Right Partner Should Smell Good Too

Feb. 17, 2017 — An attractive scent is just as important as good looks when it comes to choosing a mate -- at least among stick insect ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Triggered by mutilation, expression of select genes determines social castes in Diacamma ants, outlines a new ... read more

Honey Bee Genetics Sheds Light on Bee Origins

Feb. 17, 2017 — Where do honey bees come from? A new study clears some of the fog around honey bee origins. The work could be useful in breeding bees resistant to disease or ... read more

DEET and PMD Spray-on Repellents Most Effective at Repelling Mosquitoes

Feb. 16, 2017 — In a crowded marketplace of products advertised to repel mosquitoes, consumers are wise to trust spray-on repellents containing DEET or PMD, say researchers. In a comparison study of several ... read more

New Antibiotic from Bacteria Found on Kenyan Ant Could Help Beat MRSA

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to ... read more

Developing Knowledge of Blowfly Life Cycles to Improve Accuracy of Estimating Post-Mortem Interval

Feb. 14, 2017 — Post-mortems are an essential part of the investigative process after someone has died in suspicious circumstances, usually performed to establish cause of death. Definitively proving time of death ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — For hundreds of millions of years, ticks have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. But no one has ever looked at ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have used high-intensity X-ray pulses to determine the structure of the crystalline protein envelope of an insect virus. The tiny viruses with their crystal casing are by far the smallest ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research ... read more

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