Beetles with three eyes are more than just curiousities. They also hold the key to understanding genetics even further, giving scientists valuable insight on new traits evolving through the recruitment of existing genes.
A new beetle species from Central America has been found with a never-berfore-seen heart-shapped leg joint. Since only males have been found, researchers have yet to determine what exactly the peculiar joint is used for.
Whirligig beetles recovered from Alabama's Conecuh National Forest, represent a new species. The newly discovered beetles helped researchers name museum specimens that were previously unidentified.
New research on the Sunburst Diving Beetles' complex vision system is shedding light on eye morphology that may have implications outside of invertebrate physiology.
Spruce beetles have often been blamed for increasing the severity of raging wildfires throughout Colorado becuase they kill the trees they call home. But a University of Colorado Boulder study has determined that the insects are innocent of the charge.
A featherwing beetle was measured to be 0.325mm. This is considered the world's tiniest, free-living insect.
On an island (no, not *that* island) of New York City that has 12,300 acres of protected park land, resident Lawrence Pugliares is known for his sharp and story-full shots of nesting eagles and osprey along the waterfronts--and photos of insects that express both wit and respect.
The longhorned beetle was long thought to be the cologne connoisseur of the insect world, selecting mates based on smell alone. However, like a frat house drowning in Axe body spray, sometimes all the males in a region smell the same. So how do lady longhorns know who's 'Mr. Right?' According to a new study, timing is everything.
When you think of beetles, you probably think of the many harmless bugs that wing around a garden looking for some tasty aphids to devour. They don't bother you, and you likely have no reason to bother them. This changes in the case of the bombardier beetle - a species infamous for its ability to spray a powerful jet of superheated chemicals that can even scald human skin.
Imagine, heaven forbid, that you are stranded in a disaster zone without any way out and without any way of signaling for help. All might seem lost, until you hear a buzzing above your head. No, it's not a rescue plane, nor is it a drone. Instead, it's a beetle, but one sporting a very sophisticated looking backpack. This is a cyborg beetle, and it could very well be the future face of search-and-rescue.
When you see a guy strutting around his campus bragging about how many women he's slept with, you're likely to think two things: either he's got a bit too much confidence, or - as is often the case - he's compensating for something else. Now, new research has found that it's not all that different for burying beetles.
The walnut twig beetle was once nothing but a nuisance for black walnut trees across the western United States. Now, however, it appears that the beetle has gained a partner in crime - a mutated fungus that infects anywhere the beetles go. This has allowed the once-pests to "go rogue," now inflicting near-irreversible and sometimes fatal damage to these trees and trees like them.
When you think of the purest white, you likely picture obscure concepts such as truth, innocence, or even angels. If you're an entomologist, however, you could just as likely be thinking of beetles. Researchers have recently determined that two types of beetles have shells that reflect light so well, they appear whiter than the whitest paper.
A deadly fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is killing thousands of trees across the Everglades, and experts don't know how to stop it.