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September 29, 2016

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September 29, 2016

Sep. 16, 2016 — Fruit flies' activity peaks especially in the morning and late afternoon. The insects extend their midday siesta on long summer days. Researchers have now found out what triggers this behavior. ... read more

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Biologists Unearth Sandstone-Excavating Bees

Sep. 12, 2016 — Scientists describe the uncommon xeric bees that expend great effort to carve their nests in sandstone. Researchers discovered the bees nesting in sandstone nearly 40 years ago at two sites in ... read more

Seek and You Shall Find: Bees Remain Excellent Searchers Even When Ill

Sep. 12, 2016 — Honeybees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new ... read more

Sep. 9, 2016 — High-resolution aerial photographs provide information that is both up-to-date and tailored for the task at hand -- information that could previously only be obtained by observations in the field and ... read more

Sep. 9, 2016 — A new study suggests that a best-selling insecticide impairs the ability of a queen honey bee and her subjects to maintain a healthy ... read more

Sep. 9, 2016 — This fall researchers at the Georgia Museum of Natural History at the University of Georgia will lead an effort to digitize around 2.1 million specimens from the order Lepidoptera—moths and ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — Ants visually track the motion of objects as they move through their environment in order to determine the distance they have traveled, a new study ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — A study of ants across three continents has revealed that their color and size is strongly influenced by their environment, and that the dominant color and average body size can change from year to ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — Light at night changes animals’ behavior. A new study shows that moths are attracted to street lamps within a radius of approximately 23 meters. The number of specimens attracted depends on the ... read more

Sep. 7, 2016 — Researchers have found that ants have a particular preference for aphid colonies with certain colors, which could be why these bugs are able to keep their colors across ... read more

Fruit Flies Yield Clues on Cancerous Tumor Hotspots

Sep. 7, 2016 — Scientists have found that the epithelial tissues that line the surfaces of organs throughout the body intrinsically have hot spots for cancerous tumors.They discovered this by examining a common ... read more

Probing a Mosquito Protein for Clues in the Fight Against Zika

Sep. 7, 2016 — As health departments around the United States boost efforts to combat Zika, scientists are working on new ways to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus. One approach involves understanding the ... read more

Sep. 6, 2016 — Flowers are a hot spot of transmission of bacteria that end up in the microbiome of wild bees, new research has found. The work shows for the first time that multiple flower and wild bee species ... read more

Sep. 6, 2016 — A study shows that contests of butterflies occur only as erroneous courtships between sexually active males that are unable to distinguish the sex of the other ... read more

Sep. 2, 2016 — The ancestors of leaf-cutter ants swapped a hunter-gatherer lifestyle for a bucolic existence on small-scale subsistence farms. A new study has revealed that living relatives of the earliest ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — Populations of New World screwworm flies -- devastating parasitic livestock pests in Western Hemisphere tropical regions -- could be greatly suppressed with the introduction of male flies that ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — The widespread replacement of conventional bulbs in street lighting by energy-saving light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has considerable influence on bats as urban nocturnal hunters. Opportunistic bats ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Having built their nest over the vertical ventilation pipe of an old nuclear weapon bunker in Poland, every year a large number of wood ants fall down the pipe to never return to their colony. ... read more

Female Mosquitoes Can Transmit Zika Virus to Their Eggs, Offspring

Aug. 30, 2016 — Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus to their eggs and offspring, new research shows. The recent Zika virus outbreak in Florida has dramatically increased efforts to remove A. ... read more

Why Mole Rats Are More Flexible Than We Previously Thought

Aug. 29, 2016 — One of the most interesting facts about mole rats -- that, as with ants and termites, individuals specialize in particular tasks throughout their lives -- turns out to be wrong. Instead, a new study ... read more

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