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.
Fire ants in South Carolina team up to survive flooding waters.
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.
Researchers took a closer look at how exactly frogs snatch their prey up in one quick motion. They found that the tongue muscles are actually similar to sticky tape.
Western prairie fringed orchids in North Dakota are being threatened by invasive hawk moths and bumble bees who have been stealing nectar from these victim plants without pollinating them. Understanding this "nectar larceny" could help researchers better conserve rare plant populations.
A University of Delaware study shows that non-native plants have an impact on the diversity of insect populations. Their study sheds light on how homeowners are impacting local insect communities when planting their gardens and flower beds.
Every year, monarch butterflies migrate south or west to escape cold northern climates. To better understand this annual migration, reseachers from Washington State University have been breeding and releasing butterflies that are labeled with identification stickers.
Here's an update on Monarchs, British butterflies, DNA mapping, and the book A Butterfly Journey: Maria Sibylla Merian Artist and Scientist, among other things fluttery and pollinator-oriented.
Researchers suggest erring on the side of caution when visiting Bushy and Richmond Parks in South London. A new study shows some ticks carry the bacterial parasite that causes Lyme disease.
An invasive species of moth known as the tomato leafminer is damaging tomato crops globally. It hasn't made its way to the U.S. yet but Virginia Tech researchers have issued recommendations on how to prevent future destruction.
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.
Hungry, corn-loving caterpillars trick corn plants into thinking they are being attacked by a pathogen which buys them time to eat more and grow larger faster.
Bees are still in trouble, with worrying declines and even outright extinctions occurring within the last decade. However, it turns out that scientists might be tracking only a portion of the pollinator population, with some species still undiscovered. In Australia, specialists are helping to reconcile this, discovering four new bee species in one grand project.
A recent Cornell University study examined where the worst, or more painful, place to get stung is. After enduring multiple stings throughout 25 different places on his body, graduate student Michael Smith discovered one's nose is the most sensitive.