Bed bugs generally prefer hiding spots that are red or black, but their preferences change according to age, sex, and other factors
Formica ants, a type of ant also known as wood ants, are often conquered by certain parasitic ants. Once enslaved, they are more accepting of a more diverse colony, says a new study.
Using three male and three female sand flies from a Brazilian state park, researchers have unveiled a new species of the pesky, disease-carrying bugs.
Plants with flowers pointing towards the sky may be more likely to attract moth pollinators, compared to shy sideways-facing flowers. This suggests that flower direction plays a larger role in pollination than scent.
An entomologist recently looked at the story behind matricide among social insects, which isn't the standard but sometimes happens. It turns out that a pretty intricate plot is behind it. Stand back, MacBeth.
A recent study looked at the behavior between queens and workers in one bumblebee species, finding tha a single system of pheromones doesn't control behavior across several species, as previously thought.
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.
Even entomologists don't really like mosquitoes, it turns out. Also, they're attracted to your carbon, which sounds evil. More info on their liking for beer and other chemicals, and how the planet might be affected by their removal.
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.
Scientists studying vitellogenin--a protein found in all egg-laying species--including fish, poultry, reptiles, amphibians and other insects--have learned that queen bees naturally innoculate young. They think this opens doors to giving pollinator vaccines.
Researchers are working on a way to send a different message via microbial communications to mosquitoes, to keep them from biting us and spreading pandemics as well as irritation.
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.