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Farm Productivity Supported From Wild Pollinators
2012-08-17 09:45:10

Most people are not aware of the fact that 84% of the European crops are partially or entirely dependent on insect pollination. While managed honeybees pollinate certain crops, wild bees, flies and wasps cover a very broad spectrum of plants, and thus are considered the most important pollinators in Europe. The serious decline in the number of managed honeybees and wild bees reported in Europe over the last few decades has the potential to cause yield decreases with threats to the...

2012-08-03 23:02:28

Bayer collaborates with non-profit to increase awareness of the importance of bees to the planet. Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) August 03, 2012 Each time someone goes to the grocery store to pick up fresh apples or blueberries; they witness the work of a pollinator. Thanks to the work of bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators, billions of people around the world are able to enjoy an abundance of nuts, fruits and vegetables. And as the world population continues to grow, the...

2012-08-01 23:06:21

Insects learn faster when they are rewarded with nectar Butterflies learn faster when a flower is rewarding than when it is not, and females have the edge over males when it comes to speed of learning with rewards. These are the findings of a new study, by Dr. Ikuo Kandori and Takafumi Yamaki from Kinki University in Japan. Their work, published online in Springer's journal Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature, is the first to investigate and compare the speed at which insects learn...

2012-07-19 23:01:19

Duncraft, a retailer of wild bird supplies, offers instant hummingbird and oriole nectar for their customers´ convenience. But many customers prefer to make their own nectar. Duncraft offers these recipes and tips to make sure their customers prepare nectars that are healthy for the birds. Concord, NH (PRWEB) July 19, 2012 Duncraft, a retailer of wild bird supplies, offers instant hummingbird and oriole nectar for their customers´ convenience. But many customers prefer to make...

2012-06-15 23:00:32

Bee health initiative involves employees, beekeepers and the community. Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) June 15, 2012 Bayer CropScience is taking part in National Pollinator Week (June 18-24) by celebrating the contribution bees make to agriculture and furthering initiatives to promote bee health. During Pollinator Week, Bayer pledges to donate $1 to the non-profit Pollinator Partnership (up to donation amount of $10,000) for every person who registers to receive a free packet of seeds...

2012-06-08 13:40:34

Inflorescence architecture of Babiana ringens may have evolved in response to selective pressures from both herbivores and pollinators Floral displays, such as the color, shape, size, and arrangement of flowers, are typically thought to have evolved primarily in response to selection by pollinators–for animal-pollinated species, being able to attract animal vectors is vital to an individual plant's reproductive success. But can herbivores also exert similarly strong selective forces...

Hawkmoths Can Actually See Humidity
2012-05-30 11:26:55

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Instead of using visual cues or floral scents, some moths detect increases in humidity around flowers to see if it is worth further inspection, new research led by a University of Arizona entomologist has found. According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Martin von Arx of the University of Arizona has discovered a previously unknown sensory channel that is used in plant-animal interactions. "As creatures who...

What Makes Flowers More Attractive To Bees?
2012-05-29 05:44:38

As gardeners get busy filling tubs and borders with colorful bedding plants, scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have discovered more about what makes flowers attractive to bees rather than humans. Published today in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology, their research reveals that Velcro-like cells on plant petals play a crucial role in helping bees grip flowers — especially when the wind gets up. The study focuses on special cells found on...

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 Insect ecology Reference Libraries

Melissophobia
2013-12-24 11:13:46

Melissophobia or the fear of bees, from Greek melissa, meaning honey bee and phobos, meaning fear, and sometimes misspelled as melissaphobia and known also as apiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people and is kind of a specific phobia. The majority of the population have been stung by a bee or had friends or family members stung. A child may fall victim to a bee sting while playing outside. The sting can be rather painful and in some individuals results in swelling which might...

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2011-01-12 15:55:50

The baculoviruses, are a family of large rod-shaped viruses, divided into two genera: nucleopolyhedroviruses (NPV) and granuloviruses (GV). Baculoviruses have species-specific tropisms among the invertebrates with over 600 host species having been described. Moth larval is the most common hosts but sawflies, mosquitoes, and shrimp are also known hosts. The viruses are not known to replicate in mammalian or other vertebrate animal cells. In the early sixteenth century the first records of...

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2005-09-12 10:19:57

The ants, one of the most successful groups of insects, are of particular interest because they form advanced colonies, and can constitute up to 15 percent of the total animal biomass of a tropical rainforest. They belong to the order Hymenoptera and are close relatives of the vespoid wasps. Ants appear in amber, found in central New Jersey, believed to be from the Cretaceous period. It is thought that they evolved from the wasps that had appeared during the Jurassic period. They are...

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