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Rare Insect Mating Fossil
2013-11-07 13:25:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal PLOS One say they have found the oldest fossil of insects caught in the act of mating. Scientists have very limited knowledge of mating position and genitalia orientation in ancient insects because fossil records are scarce. However, the latest discovery helps broaden the picture of how ancient bugs did it, adding more data to help scientists study the early stages of evolution. “Mating behaviors...

RoboRoach Project Not Getting Rave Reviews From PETA
2013-11-01 14:33:01

[ Watch the Video: PETA Doesn’t Like The Idea Of Remote-Controlled Roaches ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earlier this year a new Kickstarter campaign launched that allowed people to fund a project to control cockroaches using an iPhone, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is finally speaking out against the project, months later. RoboRoach is a device that hijacks a cockroach’s antennae, allowing a user to tell the insect to turn...

Ecological Impacts Linked To Poorly Camouflaged Walking Sticks
2013-10-22 06:31:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers studying the evolution of a California walking stick into two separate, distinct forms have found that such rapid changes in a creature’s appearance can set off a chain of ecological impacts. Investigators from the Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Helsinki report that the evolution of the species Timema cristinae resulted in two unique individuals – one that is all green in color and well...

Homosexual Behavior In Insects Is More Than Likely Accidental
2013-10-22 04:46:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many species of spiders and insects engage in homosexual behavior such as courting, mounting and trying to mate with same sex partners. In this curious situation, it is unclear what role evolution has played. Homosexual behavior, like heterosexual behavior, takes time and energy. Such behavior might also be dangerous, and it lacks the possible benefit of producing offspring. A new study, led by Dr. Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv...

Insects Avoid Mating In Bad Weather
2013-10-03 09:47:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From a slight pain in the back to carefully observing the behavior of birds or cows, people have always been looking for signs of an impending storm. Now, a new study in the journal PLOS ONE has indicated the mating behaviors of various insects change in order avoid making themselves vulnerable during inclement weather. The study researchers hypothesized some bugs exhibit a decrease in their mating habits to lower their exposure to...

Checklist Of The Scale Insects Of Iran
2013-10-02 10:20:22

Pensoft Publishers A detailed annotated checklist of the scale insects of Iran, describing a total of 275 species from 13 families, represents a first effort towards a better knowledge  of the Coccoidea family in attempt to improve the view in practical fields such as pest control management. The scale insects species are listed along with their  locality data and host plants. In addition to latest species names for any record, new records for Iran and new host plants for some scale...

Beetles In Central And South America Show Signs Of Maternal Instincts
2013-09-26 11:15:45

Pensoft Publishers Hidden in the thick foliage of tropical forests a subfamily of colorful beetles hides the secrets of the earliest stages of social behavior, showing explicit signs of maternal instincts and care. An international team of scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Centro Universitário de Lavras, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, and Université libre de Bruxelles looked into the complex subsocial behaviors present in the extraordinary...

Higher Latitude Moths Less Susceptible To Temperature Changes
2013-09-24 10:11:14

Dartmouth College Moths in northern Finland are less susceptible to rising temperatures than expected, suggesting high latitude moth populations around the world may be partly buffered from the effects of rapid climate warming, according to a new Dartmouth-Finnish study based on the most extensive analyses yet conducted of seasonal patterns in forest animals. The results are important because moths are a key food source for birds, bats and many other predators, and (in their caterpillar...

Artificial Surfaces Developed That Surfaces Insects Cannot Stick To
2013-09-24 09:55:00

AlphaGalileo Foundation Beetles, cockroaches, and ants will have a harder time walking on facades or air conditioners in the future - thanks to the bio-inspired, anti-adhesive surfaces Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, Dr. Bettina Prüm, and Dr. Holger Bohn are developing together with the Plant Biomechanics Group of the University of Freiburg. The team studied plant surfaces in order to determine what influence cell form and microstructure as well as surface chemistry exert on the adhesion behavior...

Effectiveness Of Camouflage Types
2013-09-11 11:08:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From military personnel to potential prey, camouflage has proven to be an effective way to evade detection. However, a new study from the University of Exeter has found that some ‘predators’ can learn to read certain types of camouflage more easily than other types. Using human volunteers as their 'predators' in a video game-like simulation, study researchers discovered that high contrast markings on virtual moths, similar to the...


Latest Insect Reference Libraries

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...

Giant Centipede, Ethmostigmus rubripes
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: I took this picture myself on 7th March, 2007. John E. Hill 04:23, 7 March 2007 (UTC) Specimen caught by Jim Symes in Laura, Queensland. It measures over 16 cm from its' head to the end of its' body and is the largest recorded specimen of this species so far. John E. Hill 11:12, 22 March 2007 (UTC). Credit: John E. Hill/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) The giant centipede (Ethmostigmus rubripes) can be found in Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, China, Southeast Asia, and the...

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