Most people know the popular saying "an elephant never forgets." Past studies have shown that some birds have pretty awesome memories too. But what about insects? Now, new research has revealed that a tiny wasp species in the remote tropical forest of Southeast Asia tells friend from foe by recognizing them visually.
Handling insect specimens can be maddening work for experts, especially since one wrong move could fold wings or crumple delicate exoskeletons that were painstakingly collected over years of field surveys. Now entomologists are turning to an unusual means for safe observation: custom LEGO contraptions.
As climate change encroaches on already arid ecosystems, the threat of drought and eventual desertification is very real. China's north and Sahelian Africa, for instance, have both created "Great Green Walls" of trees and bushes to keep the desert at bay. Now new research suggests that termites, of all things, can also help.
The infamous invaders of kitchens, motel, and more, cockroaches have long been associated with filth and disgust. However, new research is associating them with personality as well, as they provide a strong example of individuality among insect populations.
The great John Steinbeck once said that "all great and precious things are lonely." It's no wonder then, that entomologists love ants. New research has shown that loneliness may affect these creatures to a greater effect than many other living creatures.
It's no secret that mosquitoes are the cause of a lot of suffering in the world. Malaria, Dengue fever, chikungunya, and West Nile are just a few names infamously associated with those little bloodsuckers that we all hate. Now researchers have discovered a number of natural compounds found in some plants that could help limit insect growth and mosquito populations.
You've likely heard of the global decline in pollinators, a trend sparked by invasive parasites, climate change, and infamously harmful pesticides. Now a new study has revealed why more people should be trying to 'save the bees.' Their decline is hurting humans too, leaving a good number of developing countries at risk of malnutrition.
It's no secret that mosquitoes are the cause of a lot of suffering in the world. Malaria, Dengue fever, chikungunya, and West Nile are just a few names infamously associated with those little bloodsuckers that we all hate. Now researchers are proposing a new way to control their numbers without eliminating the bugs entirely - by attacking egg production.
Pests don't appear to be as fearless in their pursuit for food as we might think. The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an invasive pest that recently found its way into Florida and Puerto Rican citrus farms, seems to avoid heights, according to new research, offering some new clues about the voracious insect's vulnerabilities.
For baby boomers, the name of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar will at least ring a bell. Much like the iconic groundhog, this incredibly fluffy black and brown caterpillar has long been associated with winter, able to help locals predict the severity of the season. However, whether or not there is any truth in the folklore has long remained a subject of debate.
Plants, ants, and bears, oh my! It seems that these three organisms are in an interesting war of influence, so to speak, in Colorado meadows. A war that researchers are calling a prime example of the largely unconsidered roles that top predators play in ecosystems.
It's official: the second largest bug in the known world is one very long twig... or more accurately, an incredibly large stick bug that's nearly two feet long.
The Hawaiian islands are slowly being conquered, but not by an invading country or aliens from outer space. Instead, the aptly named "little fire ant" seems to be winning an ecological war on the island, surging back with a vengeance even after they were thought to be defeated earlier this year.
We all know that some of the nastiest lady-bugs eat their mate right after coupling. It's a disturbing side of the invertebrate world that we humans have trouble wrapping our heads around. "If she's going to eat him after they mate, why would he go anywhere near her?" is one question commonly asked. Now new research shows that male bugs aren't necessarily stupid, they're just gullible.
Little did you know that humans were not the first farmers. A lineage of ants based in South America has been known to cultivate their own food using a selective process that produces a high-yield fungus. Now researchers have found that not only have these ants been doing this for the greater part of 50 million years, but they have actually improved the practice over time.