On Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned the EPA's decision to approve marketing of sulfoxaflor, a pesticide that acts like the same neonicotinoids class associated with bee declines. The blocking of this approval has now put the EPA under careful scrutiny by environmental watchdog groups around the US, with the agency's commitment to pollinator protection being called into question.
On Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned the EPA's decision to approve marketing of sulfoxaflor, a pesticide that acts like the same neonicotinoids class associated with bee declines.
Kissing bugs, also known as assassin bugs, carry a parasite linked to a disease that threatens the heart and GI tract. A recent study found that Texans may now be at a higher risk of being infected.
Imagine this: You're enjoying your midday meal when you have a startling epiphany. Suddenly you just know what it is you're meant to do in life. What's more, your body starts to change to fill that role! It's not something that happens everyday for us humans, but for bees, it's a regular part of life.
Anyone familiar with bats knows that the term "blind as a bad" actually translates to "not blind at all." Not only do these animals have perfectly functioning eyes, but they also have the help of sonar in failing light. Now researchers have found a way to show what bats "see" with that echolocation, and the results have revealed some impressive findings.
Deep in their mud mounds, termites are doing mysterious things regarding temperature change.
Scientists explain how Brazilian wasp venom targets cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed. With future analysis, this could have applications in medicine.
Insect-eating Balkan green lizards have new digestive systems that allow for varied food consumption. Researchers believe this is a result of less rainfall affecting their food supply.
Temperate forests face many threats posed by climate change. They are being stressed by hotter, drier air temperature that overheat their leaves and steal all their moisture.
Ants have been found to have the ability to change their diet to contain free radicals, such as hydrogen peroxide, to help fight infectious, and otherwise fatal, diseases. This is similar to humans' use of antibiotics.
Are all ants created equal? They sure look the same, and for the most part, even act the same. So how do they tell one another apart? Researchers now believe they have identified the exact mechanism that allows ants to tell friend from foe.
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.
Even if you don't remember your grade-school biology classes, Marvel's recent Ant Man movie has reminded us that the average ant is capable of some incredible feats, including lifting anywhere between 100 and 5000 times its own body weight. However, when carrying something that's too big to see around, how do the insects find their way? New research has the answer.
A dragonfly once thought to be extinct is now seeing reintroduction into the wilds of Illinois. And while that's great news for conservationists trying to preserve a natural beauty, it has become a thorn in the side of local water utility projects.
Has a visit to the pet shop ever made your mouth water? No? Then you've clearly never had guinea pig. The cuddly rodents have been a reliable snack in parts of Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia for generations. Called cuyes in Spanish, the animals are reportedly easier to raise and breed than chickens, and are eaten en-masse during key holidays. However, it's those feasts that could be leading to an unintended consequence: a plague of parasitic bites that is bringing South America to its knees.