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Leaf Chewing Links Insect Diversity In Tropical Forests
2014-05-05 03:53:42

Observations of insects and their feeding marks on leaves in modern forests confirm indications from fossil leaf deposits that the diversity of chewing damage relates directly to diversity of the insect population that created it, according to an international team of researchers.

2014-04-15 23:10:21

Insect Shield blankets offer invisible, odorless protection from a variety of insects that can carry Lyme disease, West Nile virus, malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Greensboro,

Fruit Flies Use Not Just Eyes, But Antennae To Control Air Speed
2014-04-11 14:20:00

Geneticists may know the fruit fly genus Drosophila as go-to organisms for their research, but a new study focused instead on how these insects go into a sort of “cruise control” while in flight.

Parasitic Butterfly Larvae May Use Acoustic Signals To Infiltrate Ant Colonies
2014-04-10 15:57:05

Parasitic butterfly larvae may mimic ants' acoustic signals to aid in the infiltration of their host colonies

3D Movie From Inside Live Flying Insects
2014-03-31 09:11:47

The flight muscles moving inside flies have been filmed for the first time using a new 3D X-ray scanning technique.

Earliest Stick Insect Fossils Discovered
2014-03-20 08:06:36

scientists discovered three specimens, one female and two males, belonging to a new fossil stick insect referred to as Cretophasmomima melanogramma, in Inner Mongolia at the Jehol locality

Fire Ants Being Displaced By Venom-Neutralizing Crazy Ants
2014-02-14 07:08:22

In areas across the southeastern United States, invasive "crazy ants" are rapidly displacing fire ants by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin.

Genetically Modified Bt Crops Do Not Affect Non-Targeted Insects And Nematode Worms
2014-02-03 09:16:55

Two new studies have found that some genetically modified Bt crops have little or no effect on non-targeted insects and nematode worms.

World's First Butterfly Bacteria Sequenced
2014-01-30 14:24:03

For the first time ever, a team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has sequenced the internal bacterial makeup of the three major life stages of a butterfly species, a project that showed some surprising events occur during metamorphosis.

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

Novel or highly modified genes play a major role in the development of the different castes within ant colonies.


Latest Entomology Reference Libraries

Entomology
2013-10-01 10:34:23

Entomology, a branch of arthropodology, is the study of insects. In the past, the term insect was used to refer to species from other phyla or groups including arachnids, slugs, and earthworms. This view of entomology is still used in informal settings today. Entomology extends through cross sections of science including paleontology, biochemistry, and nutrition, among many others. There are 1.3 million species of insects throughout the world, so entomology covers a large base of research...

Myrmecology
2013-09-30 16:20:45

Myrmecology, a branch of entomology, is the study of ants that has focused on many factors about ants, including evolution and social systems. William Morton Wheeler first used the term myrmecology, but the study of ants predates the usage of the term, going back to ancient references of ants. Auguste Forel, a Swiss psychologist, conducted the first scientific studies of ants, focusing on the roles of instinct and learning in a society. He published Les fourmis de la Suisse in 1874 after...

Inchman, Myrmecia forficate
2013-07-10 12:28:46

The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.  It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...

Rhithrogena germanica
2013-07-09 15:10:58

Rhithrogena germanica, known as the March brown mayfly in in the British Isle, is a species of mayfly that can be found throughout northern and central areas of Europe. Its range includes the River Tweed in England, Hesse in Germany, Denmark, Poland, and France. It was first described by Alfred Edwin Eaton, who studied a male specimen from the River Rhine. Rhithrogena germanica begins its lifecycle in the larval stage, as a water dwelling naiad that is typically found in fast flowing,...

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2009-04-28 21:01:20

The Argema mittrei, more commonly known as the Comet or Moon Moth, is an endangered species. It is a native of Madagascar and that is the only place where one can observe them in the wild. This large silk moth can be bred in captivity and is one of the world's largest moths. Males have an average wing span of nearly 8 inches and a tail span of almost 6 inches. The lifespan of an adult moth is only 4-5 days and they are capable of reproduction from day 1. Their cocoons are uniquely...

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  • To swell, as grain or wood with water.
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