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ancient african herders
2015-03-10 12:49:51

Experts have long believed that it was one little but dangerous insect, the tsetse fly, that halted the southward migration of ancient herders thousands of years ago. But new research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science now suggests otherwise.

2014-07-10 08:25:23

-- Direct Purchase Available with Amazon.com, Audible.com and the iTunes Store -- HERMOSA BEACH, Calif., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DJ Ass Maggots, a pseudonym for a physician practicing

Decade-Long Study Unlocks Full Genetic Map Of The Deadly Tsetse Fly
2014-04-25 07:15:45

A nearly decade-long study involving more than 140 scientists from around the world has resulted in the successful mapping of the tsetse fly’s genetic code. Researchers involved in the study say this could open the door to scientific breakthroughs...

Flies That Live With Their Brothers Are Gentler Lovers
2014-01-23 13:39:47

Flies living with their brothers cause less harm to females during courting than those living with unrelated flies, say Oxford University scientists.

2014-01-03 15:54:30

Caught in the act!

New Hope For Sleeping Sickness Drug
2012-11-30 12:32:48

Scientists recently revealed that X-rays could provide information on a novel biological structure that could possibly be developed into a sleeping sickness drug.

Sex Can Be A Very 'Risky Business' For Flies In Bat Territory
2012-07-24 13:30:39

According to a study in the July 24th issue of Current Biology, bats eavesdrop on the sounds of fly sex to earn themselves a super-sized dinner deal: two flies for the price of one.

World's Smallest Flies Decapitate Tiny Ants
2012-07-02 08:25:50

The smallest fly ever discovered is just 0.40 millimeters in length, and is a member of a fly family that is known for 'decapitating' ants

2012-06-11 23:00:30

Maxion Labs Founder Discovers Innovative Solution to Garbage Can Breeding of Maggots and Flies Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 11, 2012 Fly

Highly Disconnected Crane Fly Species Discovered Using DNA barcoding
2012-05-18 11:41:07

Northwestern Europe harbors one of the best known biotas , thanks to the long faunistic and floristic traditions practiced there.


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2009-04-28 19:16:56

The Small-headed Fly or Hunchback Fly family consists of approximately 520 species. They have a notable odd appearance featuring a small head, a hunched back and a long tubular feeding appendage. Their compound eyes generally have large facets on top and smaller ones on bottom. They most often live in moderately dry tropical areas. They are often parasites of spiders and will kill its host in the process. Larvae will latch onto a spider's leg and makes its way up to the body and will...

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2009-04-28 19:08:37

The Agromyzidae family, often called Leaf-miner flies, consists of 2500 species worldwide. Species vary in size and wingspans from less than four hundredth of an inch to one quarter of an inch. Adults can be distinguished by the hardening on the frontal vitta of the head which leads to the area having a different color and texture from the rest of the head. All species feature compound eyes that are normally oval and smaller in size. The wings are usually glassy and transparent...

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2005-09-09 09:51:50

The Bombyliids are a large family of flies with hundreds of genera. Their life cycles are not well known. Adults generally feed on nectar and pollen, thus are pollinators of flowers. They superficially resemble bees, thus are commonly called bee flies, and this may offer the adults some protection from predators. The larval stage are predators or parasitoids of other insect eggs and larvae. The adult females usually deposit eggs in the vicinity of possible hosts, quite often in the burrows...

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2005-09-08 15:08:50

The crane flies (Tipulidae) are a family of insects that closely resemble giant mosquitoes. Like the mosquito, they are in the order Diptera (flies) and are sometimes called mosquito eaters, mosquito hawks, or skeeter eaters. They are also one of three unrelated arthropods named Daddy long-legs. The other two are the harvestmen and vibrating, cellar or house spider. As such, Crane Flies are wrapped up in the myth of being the most poisonous spider, but unable to bite humans. This is...

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2005-09-08 12:23:38

PHOTO CAPTION: Eriothrix rufomaculata (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The tachinid flies (family Tachinidae) are by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. It is a diverse group with some resembling drab houseflies and others brilliantly colored. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural enemies of major pests. Many species of tachinids have been introduced into North America from...

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Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.