After disappearing for 60 years, the tropical bedbug has reappeared in Florida, as confirmed by the University of Florida - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers.
The Philodoria species is well known in Hawaii as micromoths that are roughly the size of a human eyelash. Chris Johns, a biology Ph.D. student of the University of Florida and a National Geographic explorer, has been striving to promote awareness of the plight of this threatened species due to their highly specific diet.
After many years of a fishing ban in the U.S. on this endangered species, the goliath grouper population is recovering as sports fishermen and charter boat operators in the Keys report that the 800-pound fish has been causing big trouble according to National Geographic.
For the first time in 28 years, Alaska has a new butterfly: a possible hybrid between two related species that adapted to the harsh Arctic climate.
Animal shelter staff often misidentify dogs as pit bulls, solely based on appearance. As a result, they are less likely to be adopted.
A total of 98 shark attacks were reported in 2015, six of which were fatal. This total breaks the previous record of 88 attacks in 2000.
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.
Jumping spiders learn to distinguish a color -- red, in this case -- in order to suss out whether their prey is toxic or actually a really toothsome bit that nonetheless contains the color red, which is often associated with toxic creatures. This means the spiders can live longer and continue to manage agricultural pests, such as caterpillars, beetles and flies.
A new hybrid center pivot irrigation system sprays water above ground and pulls less water from underground, ultimately reducing the amount needed to grow potato crops.
Aa currently evolve into two genetically distinct species as a result of apple trees changing their fruiting cycles, they're have a domino effect on predatory wasps, a process known as sequential speciation.
Giant prehistoric teeth from an extinct species of shark known as Megalodon recently washed up on a beach in North Carolina. Since little is known about this ancient species, the newly discovered teeth may help researchers unlock more clues.
University of Florida researchers who recently published a study on 100 fossil species from one Bahamas island, say that most species that no longer exist there failed after the arrival of humans but survived long periods of climate change first.
In a collaborative effort by 11 institutions, a new Tree of Life has been created, merging more than 500 existing, small maps of life-form evolution on this planet. It's available online.
Florida has become home to many invasive species that are threatening the Everglades. When non-native species establish themselves, it is harder to remove them. This puts an ecosystem's biodiversity at risk.