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Insects Found To Have Similar Hearing System To That Of Dolphins
2012-12-14 11:00:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered a hearing system component previously thought to be unique to toothed whales — such as dolphins — in insects. The team, comprised of scientists from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, with colleagues from Plant & Food Research in New Zealand, and engineers from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, is challenging ideas about how a large group...

Insect Diversity Studied In The Rainforests Of Panama
2012-12-14 05:46:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Until now, scientists have had a problem estimating the exact numbers of arthropods — a group that includes insects, arachnids, and crustaceans - on Earth, even though we know they comprise a majority of the multicellular species on the planet. Because of their small size, frequent movements, and inaccessible habitats, quantifying their abundance has been difficult despite the fact that they are the most numerous phylum on the...

Solving A Mystery: Where Did Flowers Come From?
2012-12-06 14:50:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Beautiful flowers and flowering plants are quite commonplace in our world, a lovely addition to the natural landscape of things. Flowers have even helped shape our history and our art for thousands of years, acting as a symbol of beauty, love and passion. Though we simply acknowledge flowers as familiar and standard, there remains one mystery about these colorful and often vibrant angiosperms: Where did they originate?...

Accidental Injury Leads To Discovery Of Medically Important Bacteria
2012-11-16 15:10:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online History is filled with stories of groundbreaking scientific discoveries that happen by chance--the most famous being Sir Alexander Fleming´s discovery of penicillin on a Petri dish, which had been accidentally left open for several days. Another recent accident may lead to preventing the transmission of a wide range of insect-borne viruses that impact both crops and humans, according to a new report in the journal PLoS...

How Bacteria Came To Live Inside Insects
2012-11-16 11:50:16

University of Utah Symbiotic microbes' origin discovered after man impales hand on branch Two years ago, a 71-year-old Indiana man impaled his hand on a branch after cutting down a dead crab apple tree, causing an infection that led University of Utah scientists to discover a new bacterium and solve a mystery about how bacteria came to live inside insects. Because the new bacterial strain is easy to grow in the laboratory and is related to Sodalis, a genus of bacteria that lives...

Leggiest Animal On Earth Gets Rediscovered
2012-11-14 20:41:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Leggiest Animal On Earth ] Scientists in California re-discovered the leggiest animal on Earth several years ago living outside Silicon Valley. Paul Marek and colleagues provided details of the millipede lllacme plenipes' complex anatomy and its rarity in the journal ZooKeys. The female lllacme plenipes have up to 750 legs, compared to the males who only have a maximum of 562 legs. The scientists said...

2012-11-01 23:19:01

Researchers find that gene related to germ cell formation is far older than first thought Harvard scientists have solved the long-standing mystery of how some insects form the germ cells — the cellular precursors to the eggs and sperm necessary for sexual reproduction — and the answer is shedding new light on the evolutionary origins of a gene that had long been thought to be critical to the process. As described in a November 1 paper published in Current Biology, a team of...

2012-11-01 10:17:33

This month's special issue of Physics World is devoted to animal physics, and includes science writer Stephen Ornes explanation of how pond skaters effortlessly skip across water leaving nothing but a small ripple in their wake. As Ornes writes, our current understanding of the mechanisms adopted by the pond skater is down to the efforts of David Hu, who as a mathematics graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spent four years studying their behaviour. Hu, along with his...

Biological Pest Control Using Predators Of Insect Eggs And Larvae Increases Plant Fitness
2012-10-16 15:15:40

To solve the acute, global problem of securing food resources for a continuously growing population, we must work constantly to increase the sustainability and effectiveness of modern agricultural techniques. These efforts depend on new insights from plant ecology, particularly from work on native plants that grow in the primordial agricultural niche. Based on field studies on wild tobacco plants in the Great Basin Desert, Utah, USA, researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical...

Amber Catches 100 Million-year-old Spider Attack
2012-10-09 04:32:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Oregon State University have found an extraordinarily rare fossil. Trapped in amber is what the research team describes as the only example of a spider attack on prey caught in its web — a 100 million year old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time. Found in the Hukawng Valley of Nyanmar, the fossil dates from the Cretaceous between 97 and 100 million years ago. Giving some evidence to oldest examples of spider...


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Leaf Insects, Phylliidae
2014-08-05 10:01:39

Phylliidae is a family of insects most commonly known as leaf insects or walking leaves, which can be found in Southeast Asia and South Asia to Australia. Although it is classified as a family, there is no general agreement on its classification, as many suggest that the family is actually a large taxon that should contain separate families of leaf insects. It is thought that this family has changed little over long periods of time, due to fossil evidence found of a forty-seven million year...

Tetragnatha extensa
2013-10-09 13:17:36

Tetragnatha extensa is a species of spider found across the Northern Hemisphere. It has an elongate body, up to .43 inches long, and assumes a straight line posture when it is alarmed. It lives on low vegetation in damp areas and consumes flying insects which it catches in its web. This spider has a stretched out, cream colored body. The males are smaller than the females at around .35 inches body length, compared to .43 inches in the females. The four pairs of legs are long and a dark...

Yellow-tipped Tigertail, Choristhemis flavoterminata
2013-07-30 13:52:06

The yellow-tipped tigertail (Choristhemis flavoterminata) is species of dragonfly that is native to Queensland, Australia. This species prefers to reside in warm, moist habitats near bodies of water like rivers. The yellow-tipped tigertail reaches an average body length of 1.8 inches and holds a long, thin abdomen. The end of the body holds a bright yellow spot and the wings are light brown in color with a brown spot. Larvae are described as slightly hairy and are light brown or gray in...

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens
2013-07-24 12:28:15

The wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), also known as the globe skimmer, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Easter Island and Europe, although it is rare here, but it typically occurs in tropical and subtropical areas as well as cooler areas like Northern Canada, depending upon the season. This species has been recorded flying at heights of 20,341 feet in the Himalayas, higher than any other dragonfly species. The wandering glider reaches an...

Gray Sanddragon, Progomphus borealis
2013-07-11 13:32:30

The gray sanddragon (Progomphus borealis) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in many areas including Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This species prefers a habitat near streams and rivers in desert climates. It is typically seen between the months of June and September, but it can also be seen between April and October. Adult gray sanddragons reach an average body length between 2.2 and 2.4 inches, while its nymphs or larvae...

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