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New Study Shows How Honey Bees Stay Cool
2014-07-28 03:29:54

Tufts University Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by Philip T. Starks, a biologist at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, is the first to show that worker bees dissipate excess heat within a hive in process similar to how humans and other mammals cool themselves through their blood vessels and skin. "This...

2014-05-19 23:09:57

When a cicada swarm invades Long Island in Michael Phillip Cash’s horror novel “Brood X,” the media makes dire predictions about what could happen, but it never predicted that the book would win First Place in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Bethpage, New York (PRWEB) May 19, 2014 When fictional cicadas invade Long Island, they create such intense suspense and fear that they not only conquer the novel’s characters, but they have conquered readers and literary awards judges. In...

Worker Ants Link Bodies And Buoyant Broods To Protect Queen During Flood
2014-02-20 09:34:12

PLOS When facing a flood, ants build rafts and use both the buoyancy of the brood and the recovery ability of workers to minimize injury or death, according to a study published in PLOS ONE on February 19, 2014 by Jessica Purcell from University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and colleagues. Furthermore, the queen ant is placed in the middle and protected on all sides by the rafting ants. When put in harm's way, social animals are often able to work together to enhance the survival and...

How Gene Expression Differs Between Castes In Ants
2014-01-30 11:53:06

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Novel or highly modified genes play a major role in the development of the different castes within ant colonies. Evolutionary biologists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) came to this conclusion in a recent gene expression study. Dr. Barbara Feldmeyer and her colleagues at the JGU Institute of Zoology studied the question how the different female castes arise. An ant colony generally consists of a queen and the workers. Moreover, workers can...

Brood II Cicada Storm Coming, Could Outnumber Humans 600 To One
2013-05-07 14:10:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A storm is coming and any day now millions of people on the east coast from Georgia to Connecticut will feel its inescapable wrath. After 17 relatively quiet years, the Brood II storm will emerge with billions of cicadas overrunning the eastern US. While it is nearly impossible to know for sure just how many of these otherwise harmless pests will arrive, some experts believe they will outnumber humans by 600 to one in the insect's...

Mysterious Disease Decimates Bee Colonies
2013-03-04 11:01:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the mysterious plunge in bee populations continues, researchers are scrambling to understand the cause for the widespread decimation. One explanation could be “idiopathic brood disease syndrome,” or IBDS, a newly described condition that appears to increase a colony´s risk of collapse, according to a new study in the journal Preventative Veterinary Medicine. Study co-author David Tarpy, an associate professor of...

What Does It Take To Be A Queen Bee?
2012-12-10 12:05:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research from a pair of Swiss researchers, queen sweat bees influence the adult size of their daughters based on which brood they are born into. During the initial observation period of the study, the researchers noted that first brood females were always smaller than second brood females, but first brood males are sometimes the same size as males from the second brood. The queen bees were found regulating the...

Dying Bees Fight Back With Resistance Genes
2012-09-28 14:02:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to plague North American honey bees, apiologists have been scrambling to find both the cause and the cure for the disappearance of millions of insects. According to a report in the open access journal Genome Biology, new research from a group of Canadian scientists may have found a major culprit responsible for the disorder: a parasitic mite known as Varroa...

2012-08-02 23:01:23

Most companies exterminate bees to remove them and almost always use harmful chemicals and pesticides to kill the bees, leaving a carbon footprint on the environment in so doing, Bee Green Natural Bee Removal is an environmentally safe bee removal company using non-toxic substances, and gives the live bees to local bee keepers. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2012 Bee Green Natural Bee Removal, a company based in Los Angeles, has come up with an ingenious way of removing unwanted...


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Pacific Blood Star, Henricia leviuscula
2013-08-12 14:30:25

The Pacific blood star (Henricia leviuscula), also known as the blood star or the blood starfish, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Echinasteridae family. It can be found in the Pacific Ocean, along the coasts of North America. It prefers a habitat within intertidal zones in rocky areas, at depths of up to 1,312 feet. This species is small, reaching an average diameter between 3.1 and 4.7 inches. It can have between four and six arms, although individuals with five arms...

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2005-09-09 07:53:35

PHOTO CAPTION: Megachile centuncularis (L.) a European leaf-cutter bee, cutting a Wisteria leaf. Photo taken by Keith Edkins The Megachilidae are a family of mainly solitary bees. They carry pollen in specialized structures called scopae. These scopae are located under the abdomen, rather than on the hind legs like in the honey bee. Megachilidae are commonly known as mason and leaf cutter bees, reflecting the materials they build their nest cells from, such as clay or leaves. Most species...

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2005-08-25 11:14:44

Magicicada is the genus of the 13- and 17- year periodical cicadas of eastern North America. These insects display a unique combination of long life cycles, periodicity, and mass emergences. They sometimes go by the common name "seventeen-year locust", but they are not locusts at all; locusts belong to the order Orthoptera. Taxonomy There are seven recognized species. Three species have a 17-year cycle: M. cassini (Linnaeus, 1758) M. septendecim (Fisher) M. septendecula (Alexander...

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2005-08-25 09:38:03

Bees (Apoidea superfamily) are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. They are adapted for feeding on nectar, and play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are called pollinators. Bees have a long proboscis that they use in order to obtain the nectar from flowers. Bees have antennae made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in females. They have two pairs of wings, the back pair being the smaller of the two. Bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic...

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