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Older Male Ants Single Out Younger Rivals For Death Squad
2012-06-15 08:34:14

Male Cardiocondyla obscurior ants are diphenic (either winged or wingless). New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology demonstrates that the dominant wingless (ergatoid) male is able to identify potential rivals before they emerge from their pupae. Constant patrolling of the nest ensures that this male is able to bite or chemically tag rivals as soon as they emerge from their pupae. Chemically tagged ants are quickly destroyed by workers. When ants emerge...

2012-06-12 11:48:47

Insects can use plants as ℠green phones´ for communication with other bugs. A new study now shows that through those same plants insects are also able to leave ℠voicemail´ messages in the soil. Herbivorous insects store their voicemails via their effects on soil fungi. Researchers from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and Wageningen University (WUR) discovered this unique messaging service in the ragwort plant. The influential journal Ecology Letters will...

Wing Bling: Flashier Is Better For Female Butterflies
2012-06-11 14:21:23

If female butterflies are programmed to identify males of their species by the patterns of spots on their wings, how can new wing patterns evolve in males? The answer is that while females are predisposed to prefer a specific pattern, they learn to like flashier ones more, according to a new Yale University study. The study published online the week of June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives a partial explanation of an evolutionary mystery. Biologists...

2012-06-10 23:02:30

Bee products such as Royal Jelly, Propolis Bee Pollen and Manuka Honey have been used therapeutically since ancient times and are frequently recommended by Chinese and alternative medicine practitioners. As Westerners swing toward natural therapies and lifestyles, Australian bee product specialist Natural Life is finding a new niche market for bee health products. Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) June 09, 2012 As the worldwide trend towards natural therapies continues, Australian bee product...

Male Virgin Moths Think They're Hot When They're Not
2012-06-07 09:12:58

Female sex odor makes cool males take flight too soon Talk about throwing yourself into a relationship too soon. A University of Utah study found that when a virgin male moth gets a whiff of female sex attractant, he's quicker to start shivering to warm up his flight muscles, and then takes off prematurely when he's still too cool for powerful flight. So his headlong rush to reach the female first may cost him the race. The study illustrates the tradeoff between being quick to start...

How Are Mosquitoes Able To Fly In The Rain?
2012-06-05 08:55:00

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Anyone who has ever seen mosquitoes fly in the rain has probably rooted for the tiny pests to be taken out of the air by the constant barrage of aqua missiles sometimes weighing 50 times their mass. Unfortunately, mosquitoes have nothing to worry about because their low mass, wing design, hydrophobicity, and hard exoskeleton afford them substantial protection from the rain, according to a new report published in the Proceedings of...

Giant Insects Ruled The Sky Until Evolution Of Birds Kicked In
2012-06-05 04:02:22

Giant insects in ancient days use to be kings of the sky, until the evolution of birds about 150 million years ago. Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz found that despite rising oxygen levels, insects eventually lost their grip as the dominate species in the sky. During the late Carboniferous and early Permian periods the skies were littered with 28-inch dragonfly-like insects and other ancient species that were too big to whack with a fly swatter. The authors of...

2012-05-29 10:02:49

New research from Lund University in Sweden reveals the value of carrying two layers of wings around. The researchers studied dung beetles and the way their protective forewings actually function. These wings do not only protect but also help the beetles to lift off from the ground — albeit at a cost. The forewings of beetles, the elytra, are hardened structures which protect the insect's flying wings and body. The function of the forewings in flight has been questioned, which is...

2012-05-12 23:00:23

MyCleaningProducts.com introduced a new cleaning solution - Silverfish Bully. With it, the company aims to help homeowners resolve their silverfish problems without risking their health and the environment. (PRWEB) May 12, 2012 There are various kinds of pests that can invade a house. Among those pests is the silverfish. To help control the infestation of such small and destructive insect, MyCleaningProducts.com introduced a new non-toxic cleaning solution. And as it joins the Mother's Day...

The Zombie-Ant Fungus Is Under Attack, Research Reveals
2012-05-03 06:23:50

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University. The research reveals, for the first time, how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus, which invades an ant's brain and causes it to march to its death at a mass grave near the ant colony, where the fungus spores erupt out of the ant's head. "In a case where biology is stranger than fiction, the...


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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