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Insect Diversity Studied In The Rainforests Of Panama
2012-12-14 05:46:43

A new study, led by Yves Basset from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, provides an unprecedented level of detail regarding the diversity and distribution of arthropod species from the soil to the forest canopy in the rainforests of Panama.

Renaissance Artwork Shows History Of Wormholes
2012-11-21 10:36:50

European Renaissance printers probably knew they were recording history for future generations, but what they didn’t realize is that they were also recording events related to biological history.

Soldier Beetle Defense Turned Into Biotech Opportunity Through Gene Discovery
2012-11-08 10:31:11

New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesized using biotechnology, following CSIRO's discovery of the three genes that combine to provide soldier beetles with their potent predator defense system.

Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic Propelled By 2001-2002 Drought
2012-11-05 14:04:12

A new University of Colorado Boulder study shows for the first time that episodes of reduced precipitation in the southern Rocky Mountains, especially during the 2001-02 drought, greatly accelerated development of the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

Competition Of Males Over Females
2012-10-25 12:18:31

When a female mates with several males, these will compete over the fertilization her eggs.

Beetles Keep Their Cool With Dung
2012-10-23 04:41:15

The next time the thermostat hits the triple digits outside, instead of paying a high electric bill for the month, take a page out of the dung beetle's playbook and try cooling off with some fresh feces instead.

New Beetle Species From The Society Islands
2012-10-11 06:06:30

If exploring remote mountaintops and naming new beetle species has always been a dream of yours, you might want to jump on that now that there are two fewer such mountains left.

Salt Cedar Beetle Damage Widespread After Warm Summer
2012-09-28 09:24:28

Salt cedar along the waterways of the southern and eastern Panhandle is rapidly being defoliated and dying back, and one Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist believes he knows why.

How Western Corn Rootworm Resists Crop Rotation
2012-07-19 08:40:51

A new study answers a question that has baffled researchers for more than 15 years: How does the western corn rootworm – an insect that thrives on corn but dies on soybeans – persist in fields that alternate between corn and soybeans? The answer, researchers say, has to do with enzyme production in the rootworm gut.


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2005-09-12 10:10:06

The Scarlet Lily Beetle (Lilioceris lilii) is native to Europe but is now widely found in North America. Larvae damage cultivated lily and Fritillaria plants. Photo by Keith Edkins The beetle family Chrysomelidae, or leaf beetles is a family of over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera. Leaf beetles are recognizable by their tarsal formula and distinguished from long-horned beetles (family Cerambycidae) by their short, filiform antennae. Adult and larval leaf beetles feed on all...

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2005-09-09 07:49:22

PHOTO CAPTION: The common asparagus beetle Crioceris asparagi is an important pest of asparagus crops. Photo by Keith Edkins 2003 The Common Asparagus Beetle (Crioceris asparagi) is an chief pest of Asparagus crops both in Europe and in North America; asparagus is its only food plant. The adult beetles and the larvae strip the needle-like leaves off the asparagus fronds which deprives the plants of the ability to build food reserves for future years. They also damage the shoots, thereby...

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2005-09-07 18:25:10

Ladybirds, also known as ladybugs or lady beetles are a family, Coccinellidae ("little sphere"), of beetles. The name is thought to allude to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic faith. Ladybirds are found worldwide, with over 4,500 species described - more than 450 native to North America alone. Ladybirds are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are usually yellow, orange, or red with small black spots on their carapace, and black legs, head and feelers. As...

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2005-08-25 10:45:21

The longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae) are a family of beetles notable for their extremely long antennae. These antennae are often as long as or longer than the beetle's body in fact. The family is large, with over 20,000 species described. Several are serious pests, with the larvae boring into wood, where they can cause extensive damage to either living trees or to wood in buildings; the house longhorn Hylotrupes bajulus being a particular problem indoors. A number of species mimic ants and...

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2005-07-14 11:29:50

The beetle family Chrysomelidae, or leaf beetles, is a family of over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera. Leaf beetles are recognizable by their tarsal formula and distinguished from long-horned beetles (family Cerambycidae) by their short, filiform antennae. Adult and larval leaf beetles feed on all sorts of plant tissue. Many are economically important pests of agriculture, for example the colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), the asparagus beetle (Crioceris...

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Word of the Day
scriggle
  • To writhe; struggle or twist about with more or less force; wriggle.
  • To scribble, jot.
The word 'scriggle' is likely an alteration of 'wiggle'.
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