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.
After solving and controlling the mechanisms responsible for a cockroach's mobility, researchers from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) believe these findings could be applied to helping the handicapped walk, building more stable robots, and improving autonomous vehicles.
Caucasian Parsley Frogs (Pelodytes punctatus) feed on insects breeding in the feces of bats in remote limestone caves near Russia, researchers discovered. Their study sheds light on the importance of species conservation.
While the social roles some insects inhabit are set in stone, dinosaur ants and red paper wasps are far more flexible – and able to adjust their behaviors for varying responsibilities.
Some pollinating leafhoppers may be transmitting deadly bacteria to flowering plants. When infected, the plants are unable to blossom and sexual reproduction is prevented turning them into the living dead.
The ability of spiders to adapt to their local environment and humidity levels by altering the viscosity of their "web glue" may help scientists develop stronger adhesives.
Honey Bees can't resist caffeine, and some plants are even making their nectar more caffeinated to attract them. This dynamic could have serious impacts on pollination and honey production, researchers say.
In recent days, as temperatures increased in Minnesota and Wisconsin, millions of ladybugs crept out from hidden crevices to plague homeowners. Although these tiny insects were once considered cute, their huge swarms are causing more people to view them as mere pests.
Male crickets often use edible gifts to attract females during mating. However, unique proteins contained in this gift may alter female's behavior to ensure reproductive success.
A featherwing beetle was measured to be 0.325mm. This is considered the world's tiniest, free-living insect.
Ants that called Europe their home 45 to 10 million years ago were actually more similar to modern-day ants now living in South East Asia than they are to their European cousins.
The worker ant: even the name of this tiny insect calls fourth impressions of hard work and dedication, the tireless and duty-bound individual laboring for the greater good of his community. However, it turns out that this really doesn't describe your everyday worker ant. In fact, the great majority of the little buggers are actually slackers.
Cape Restio shrubs produce large, dark nuts that mimic antelope droppings and trick dung beetles into planting them, ultimately helping the shrubs become more widespread.
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.