Insects (including Butterflies) News --

Identifying Regions That Would Most Benefit from an Innovative Strategy Against Malaria

Apr. 9, 2019

— A new analysis identifies African regions where ivermectin administration to livestock would have the greatest impact on malaria transmission. The results point to West Africa, below the Sahel, where ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Apr. 2, 2019

— Scientists have discovered two new species of giant stick insect on Madagascar, whose males become dazzling blue or multicolored at sexual maturity. The researchers describe their rare and exciting ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 28, 2019

— The soybean cyst nematode, one of the crop's most destructive pests, isn't like most of its wormy relatives. Whereas the vast majority of nematodes look like the microscopic worms they are, ...

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A Billion People Will Be Newly Exposed to Diseases Like Dengue Fever as World Temperatures Rise

Mar. 28, 2019

— As many as a billion people could be newly exposed to disease-carrying mosquitoes by the end of the century because of global warming, says a new study that examines temperature changes on a monthly ...

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Modelled Climate Change Impact on Mosquito-Borne Virus Transmission

Mar. 28, 2019

— Mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, already threaten over a billion people globally. A study predicts that climate change and rising global temperatures will lead to both ...

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How Mosquitoes Smell Human Sweat (and New Ways to Stop Them)

Mar. 28, 2019

— Female mosquitoes are known to rely on an array of sensory information to find people to bite, picking up on carbon dioxide, body odor, heat, moisture, and visual cues. Now researchers have ...

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Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mar. 26, 2019

— Researchers have developed an innovative method for analyzing the genome of the Wolbachia bacterium. This endosymbiotic bacterium infects more than 70 percent of insects and is capable of influencing ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 25, 2019

— Relationships between tree diversity and pest diversity follow a hump-shaped curve. That's the finding of a national study of US forests that compared two county-level data ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 22, 2019

— Striking colors that are seen only in the males of some species are partly explained by gene behavior, research into guppy fish ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 22, 2019

— The Italian Crested Newt eats anything and everything it can overpower. Earthworms, mosquito larvae and water fleas are on its menu, but also snails, small fish and even its own offspring. A research ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 21, 2019

— The dramatic difference in gonad size between honey bee queens and their female workers in response to their distinct diets requires the switching on of a specific genetic program, according to a new ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 21, 2019

— Protecting houses against mosquitoes with netting window screens can suppress malaria vector populations and dramatically reduce human parasite infection prevalence, according to new ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 20, 2019

— An interdisciplinary team of scientists has identified a new mobile DNA element in the Wolbachia parasite, which may contribute to improved control strategies for mosquito vectors of diseases such as ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 20, 2019

— Meadows adjacent to high-intensity agricultural areas are home to less than half the number of butterfly species than areas in nature preserves. The number of individuals is even down to one-third of ...

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Ant Larvae Fight the Offspring of Parasitic Queens

Mar. 20, 2019

— The eggs of a parasitic ant queen living off a foreign species may end up as food for the larvae of the host ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 20, 2019

— Scientists have discovered a never before reported behavior of queen ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 20, 2019

— Honey bee colonies foraging on land with a strong cover of clover species and alfalfa do more than three times as well than if they are put next to crop fields of sunflowers or canola, according to a ...

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Food Safety: Dung Beetles and Soil Bacteria Reduce Risk of Human Pathogens

Mar. 19, 2019

— Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. Yet, this could come at ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 18, 2019

— New research shows that a critical piece of the butterfly's annual cycle was missing -- the fall ...

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Insects (including Butterflies) News --
Mar. 14, 2019

— Insects show a variety of species-specific innate behaviors (instinctive behaviors). For example, a worker honeybee that has found flower nectar exhibits 8-shape waggle-dances upon returning to its ...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

  • Identifying regions that would most benefit from an innovative strategy against malaria

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

  • Love Island: Flamboyant males get the girls on Madagascar

Thursday, March 28, 2019

  • A key to soybean cyst nematode growth identified
  • A billion people will be newly exposed to diseases like dengue fever as world temperatures rise
  • Modelled climate change impact on mosquito-borne virus transmission
  • How mosquitoes smell human sweat (and new ways to stop them)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • Control of mosquito-borne diseases

Monday, March 25, 2019

  • How tree diversity regulates invading forest pests

Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Colourful male fish have genes to thank for their enduring looks
  • Salamanders chew with their palate

Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • Two-step path to shrinking worker bee gonads
  • Protecting homes with netting window screens can reduce malaria parasite infection

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • New mobile element found in mosquito parasite has potential for disease control
  • Butterfly numbers down by two thirds, German scientists find
  • Ant larvae fight the offspring of parasitic queens
  • Beware of sleeping queen bumblebees underfoot this spring
  • Honey bee colonies more successful by foraging on non-crop fields

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

  • Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens

Monday, March 18, 2019

  • When it comes to monarchs, fall migration matters

Thursday, March 14, 2019

  • Novel methods for analyzing neural circuits for innate behaviors in insects

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

  • Pesticides influence ground-nesting bee development and longevity

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

  • Scientists warn about the dangerous interaction of plant protection products
  • Mowing for monarchs

Monday, March 11, 2019

  • Protection from Zika virus may lie in a protein derived from mosquitoes
  • Common beetle's gut microbiome benefits forests, holds promise for bioenergy
  • People are essential to conserving pollinators
  • What's for dinner? Sushi, with a side of crickets

Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • Potential treatment for cancer in butterfly disease
  • How antifreeze proteins make ice crystals grow
  • Insects in decline: On farmland, latecomers lose out
  • Star Wars and Asterix characters amongst 103 beetles new to science from Sulawesi, Indonesia

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  • Swifts are born to eat and sleep in the air
  • Impact of urbanization on wild bees underestimated

Monday, March 4, 2019

  • Forecasting mosquitoes' global spread
  • Disclosing bed bug infestation to potential tenants can save landlords money
  • Dying trees in cities? Blame it on the pavement

Friday, March 1, 2019

  • How the humble marigold outsmarts a devastating tomato pest

Thursday, February 28, 2019

  • Ant societies' arms race: Gene activity in defenders depends on invading slavemaking ants

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  • Jumping spider mimics two kinds of ants as it grows
  • Medicating mosquitoes to fight malaria
  • New buzz around insect DNA analysis and biodiversity estimates
  • Packaging insecticides in tiny capsules may make them more toxic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

  • Earning a bee's wings
  • Nematode odors offer possible advantage in the battle against insect pests
  • CRISPR reveals the secret life of antimicrobial peptides

Monday, February 25, 2019

  • Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise
  • Skulls of 2 species of ancient reptile reconstructed
  • Non-native pest-controlling wasp identified in Canada prior to formal approval
  • Insects hijack reproductive genes of grape vines to create own living space on plant
  • New chimpanzee culture discovered

Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Antarctic flies protect fragile eggs with 'antifreeze'
  • A tasty Florida butterfly turns sour
  • Honeybees' waggle dance no longer useful in some cultivated landscapes
  • World's biggest bee found

Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • Fruit fly wing research reshapes understanding of how organs form

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

  • Foreign bees monopolize prize resources in biodiversity hotspot

Monday, February 18, 2019

  • Hinge morphology of click beetle's latch mechanism

Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Biologists identify honeybee 'clean' genes known for improving survival
  • From vibrations alone, acacia ants can tell nibbles from the wind

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

  • No stink bugs allowed: Study shows size of gaps needed for invasion

Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Mosquitoes that carry malaria may have been doing so 100 million years ago
  • You are what you eat: A color-changing insect modifies diet to become distasteful

Friday, February 8, 2019

  • How bees stay cool on hot summer days
  • How poppy flowers get those vibrant colors that entice insects
  • DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors

Thursday, February 7, 2019

  • Who's listening? Mosquitoes can hear up to 10 meters away
  • Bee dispersal ability may influence conservation measures
  • What happens when sand fleas burrow in your skin?
  • Putting female mosquitoes on human diet drugs could reduce spread of disease
  • Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

  • Bees can do basic arithmetic
  • Insects crave salt and search grasslands for the limiting nutrient
  • When does noise become a meaningful message?
  • Tree loss from bark-beetle infestation impacts elk habitat

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

  • Catching flies with vinegar
  • Deaf moth evolves sound-production as a warning to outwit its predator

Monday, February 4, 2019

  • Culprit found for honeybee deaths in California almond groves
  • Where do the best strawberries grow?
  • Dung beetles navigate better under a full moon

Friday, February 1, 2019

  • Microbes hitched to insects provide a rich source of new antibiotics
  • Butterflies thrive in grasslands surrounded by forest

Thursday, January 31, 2019

  • Male birth control for the malaria parasite
  • Insecticide resistance genes affect vector competence for West Nile virus
  • Citizen scientists discover pinhead-sized beetle in Borneo

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

  • New study shows how vegans, vegetarians and omnivores feel about eating insects
  • Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
  • Prairie strips transform farmland conservation

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

  • Dangerous bee virus might be innocent bystander
  • Huge step forward in decoding genomes of small species

Sunday, January 27, 2019

  • 'Bug bombs' are ineffective killing roaches indoors

Thursday, January 24, 2019

  • It's a bird-eat-bird world

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

  • Urbanization changes shape of mosquitoes' wings
  • To halt malaria transmission, more research focused on human behavior needed

Monday, January 21, 2019

  • Ecological benefits of part-night lighting revealed

Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • Orchards in natural habitats draw bee diversity, improve apple production
  • Body-painting protects against bloodsucking insects
  • Fruit fly promiscuity alters the evolutionary forces on males

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • Gut bacteria make key amino acids dispensable, expanding food options for invasive flies
  • Ozaena ground beetles likely parasitize ants throughout their life cycle
  • Mosquito known to transmit malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time