Aa currently evolve into two genetically distinct species as a result of apple trees changing their fruiting cycles, they're have a domino effect on predatory wasps, a process known as sequential speciation.
University of Exeter reseachers took a closer look at fruit flies and found that while environmental conditions have some influence on their mating decision, it mostly comes down to genetics.
CRISPR, a gene-editing system, could have serious consequences if rapidly spreading genes end up in the wrong species.
A recent study closely examined the evolution of a fruit fly species known as Acanthiophilus. Their findings shed light on the species' distribution and could help manage pests in the future.
Olive fruit flies have been attacking olive plants in California since 1988. A recent study provides safe, practical, and cost-effective suggestions for managing the pests and their damage.
Being self-aware is not exactly a common trait in the animal kingdom. Experts know that dolphins, great apes, and even some 'lesser' monkey species are surprisingly aware of their own person. Still, the idea that any insect, never mind a simple fruit fly, could entertain a concept of self identify has long seemed impossible. Now, however, a team of researchers is arguing that bugs could know they're bugging you.
For as long as it has been in society's crosshairs, homosexuality has been part of a very simple debate: is it natural or is it a choice? The question of whether it was helpful to a species was never considered; after all, do we question whether it's better for humanity to boast a specific eye color or personality? Now however, a new study has revealed that the trait can be very helpful to a species, and you won't believe how.
They may be tiny, but fruit flies actually sleep for up to half their short adult lives. Now, researchers are finding that access to the occasional midnight snack may actually disrupt this important rest cycle, potentially harming their tiny little hearts.