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Insects (including Butterflies) News
February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

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. 13, 2017 — Biological invasions pose major threats to biodiversity, but little is known about how evolution might alter their impacts over time. Now, Rutgers University scientists have performed the first study ... read more

Why Malaria Mosquitoes Like People With Malaria

Feb. 9, 2017 — Malaria mosquitoes prefer to feed -- and feed more -- on blood from people infected with malaria. Researchers have now discovered why. The findings can lead to new ways to fight malaria without using ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Researchers have taken an important step on the road to understanding the underlying mechanism of how and why animals can feel pain in connection with cold or heat. However, according to the study, ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Scientists have applied rational crystal design to create protein crystals with extended porous network to accumulate exogenous molecules inside living cells. This work lays a foundation for ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — The Asian citrus psyllid, which carries the citrus greening pathogen, ramps up production of a blue protein that may help it fight the infection. This discovery could potentially be harnessed to help ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — A genetic analysis of mosquito populations in Africa shows that recent successes in controlling malaria through treated bednets has led to widespread insecticide resistance in mosquitoes, according ... read more

Genetically Modified Insects Could Disrupt International Food Trade

Feb. 1, 2017 — Genetically modified organisms for pest control could end up as contaminants in agricultural products throughout the ... read more

'Love Hormone' from Insects as Potential Drug Lead for Inhibiting Preterm Labor

Feb. 1, 2017 — An oxytocin-like neuropeptide ("inotocin") exhibited a specific pharmacological profile for the human receptors of oxytocin (known as the "love hormone") and vasopressin, report ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — Removing exotic plant species has a much greater impact on ecosystems than previously thought. Pollination processes become more efficient, and the pollination network soon becomes more resilient. ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — Ant brood parasitism by scuttle flies is a rarely observed phenomenon. However, scientists have recently video-documented two such interactions. One is a species that harasses worker ants to get them ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — Like humans, insects go through puberty. The process is known as metamorphosis. Examples include caterpillars turning into butterflies and maggots turning into flies. But, it has been a long-standing ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and 'E.T.-like' appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed ... read more

Invasive Beetle Species in Hawaii Can Now Be Identified Faster With New Genetic Test

Jan. 25, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new genetic-testing method for identifying the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle, which promises to be much faster than existing physical identification methods. The new ... read more

Corralling Stink Bugs Could Lead to Better Wine

Jan. 25, 2017 — To wine makers, stink bugs are more than a nuisance. These tiny pests can hitch rides on grapes going through the wine making process, releasing stress compounds that can foul the smell and taste of ... read more

African Trees Kill Both Malaria Mosquitos and the Parasite

Jan. 25, 2017 — Malaria is one of the world’s most serious infectious diseases and affects more than 200 million people each year. Scientists have examined the bark from two African trees and found substances that ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — A newly discovered wasp victimizes gall wasps by modifying their behavior and tunneling to freedom through their heads. It's a rare example of a parasite infecting a parasite, a process known as ... read more

Study Finds Fly Growth Mimics Cancer Cells, Creating New Tool in Fight Against Disease

Jan. 24, 2017 — Scientists who study a molecule known to play a role in certain types of cancers and neurodegenerative disorders have a powerful new tool to study this compound due to new ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Plants emit odors in response to herbivory. A new study reveals that the odor bouquet changes depending on the type of enemy that attacks the plant. To the surprise of the researchers involved, ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Wasps have trading partners and compete for the 'best trade deals,' scientists have ... read more

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