Asian tiger mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs near flowers, suggesting we could lure these pests into traps using certain flower fragrances. This could help control the spread of mosquito-transmitted disease.
Gender of many reptiles, including crocodilians and turtles, is largely determined by the temperature in which eggs incubate. When taking a closer look at the molecular mechanisms behind this phenomena known as temperature-dependent sex determination, researchers discovered a thermosentive protein inside the egg plays a key role.
The oldest known bird -- an albatross named Wisdom -- is about to lay another egg at 64 years old. Researchers believe she has raised as many as 36 chicks and clocked over six million ocean miles of flight time.
Rare wood turtle eggs were recently unearthed during a backyard renovation in Nova Scotia. Thanks to the homeowner's care, the eggs were able to fully develop, and the hatchlings have made it safely to the nearest pond where they will hibernate through winter.
A study on a breed of farmbirds known as Plymouth Rock chickens suggests evolutionary differences can be observed on a much shorter time scale than previously thought.
Long-beaked echidnas are threatened by habitat loss and hunters in New Guinea and Indonesia. After conservationists successfully bred short-beaked Anteaters, they're now turning their attention to the species long-beaked relatives.
Mother butterflies pass down behaviors that help their offspring survive in less-favorable environments and tend to lay their eggs on the same plants that they and their relatives grew up on.
Cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, leaving them to care and feed their offspring. However, a recent study found that the cowbird's parenting doesn't necessarily end there.
Researchers found that the presence of hawks keeps Mexican jays away from black-chinned hummingbirds' nests. The small hummingbirds fly under the hawks' radar, while the jays have to fly higher to avoid being eaten.