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Future Flying Robots May Get Inspiration From Honeybee Flight Secrets
2013-09-11 10:13:27

[ Watch the Video: Honeybees Are Buzzing Into Robotics ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have found new information detailing how honeybees are able to streamline their bodies during flight, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Study researchers speculated that the information could be used in the development of flying insect-like robots. “Honeybees often have to travel very long...

2013-08-26 23:24:36

Green cleaning company My Cleaning Products now offers Silverfish Bully. The product, as it explained, is organic-based, so, it could kill ticks both effectively and safely. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 26, 2013 Silverfish bugs are tiny. Yet, if their presence is not addressed, they could cause huge and various types of destruction on properties. So, to help the people deal with them effectively without compromising their health, My Cleaning Products introduced and suggested the use of its...

2013-08-23 23:18:41

Otho’s Pest Control reminds people to be careful of stinging insects as summer comes to a close and gives tips in case of a stinging. Asheboro, NC (PRWEB) August 23, 2013 Summer is winding down, but before it comes to an end, Otho’s Pest Management warns people to keep aware of stinging insects. As the summer nears its conclusion, the weather stays hot and insects, including bees, run rampant. This is because they seek food, water and cooler temperatures often found indoors. Otho’s...

2013-08-19 14:56:48

The larger the moth, the better hearing senses it needs if it wants to avoid its worst enemy, the bat. A large moth is easier to detect for a bat, and therefore evolution has forced large moths to develop larger and more sensitive ears. But the improved hearing comes at a price, says sound researcher Annemarie Surlykke from University of Southern Denmark. Bats orient themselves through echolocation, and they find their prey by emitting calls and then process the echoes reflected back to...

Dragonflies May Help Improve Robotic Vision Systems
2013-08-16 04:47:12

[ Watch the Video: Dragonflies Hunt Food Like Humans ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What do a dragonfly and a robot have in common? Nothing yet, but researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a novel and complex visual circuit in a dragonfly’s brain that might someday help to improve vision systems for robots. The underlying processes of insect vision have been the research subject for Dr Steven Wiederman and Associate Professor David...

The Right Temperature Makes Tasty Treat For Fruit Flies
2013-08-08 06:23:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists call it the Goldilocks Principle. Animals can survive and breed only if the temperature is just right -- too hot and they will overheat; too cold and they will freeze. Animals have evolved very sensitive temperature sensors, which allow them to detect the relatively narrow margin in which they can survive. Until recently, very little was known about how these sensors worked. A new study from Brandeis University has...

Monarch Butterfly Migration Tracked
2013-08-07 13:18:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Monarch butterflies are known for their annual migration that spans several generations and can extend from Canada to Mexico. Tracking these majestic butterflies across thousands of miles and several generations has proven difficult for lepidopterologists, but new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has done just that and revealed new details about the majestic insect's life cycle in the process. Before the...

scary insect
2013-08-06 11:31:58

Pensoft Publishers For biologists it is an easy matter: spiders have eight legs and insects have six. This fact is important when beholding and recognizing the tiny new species of Spider Water Beetles from the Philippine Island of Mindoro discovered by researchers of the Ateneo de Manila University. Zookeys, an open access international scientific journal launched to accelerate biodiversity research, has published the paper about the curious creatures in its latest issue. Primarily, the...

Sequencing DNA Of 'Insect Soup' Can Accelerate Monitoring And Cataloguing Of Biodiversity Around The World
2013-08-05 08:57:18

University of East Anglia Research published today in the journal Ecology Letters shows that a process known as 'metabarcoding' is much faster than and just as reliable as standard biodiversity datasets assembled with traditional labor-intensive methods. The breakthrough means that changing environments and endangered species can be monitored more easily than ever before. It could help researchers find endangered tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, discover which moths will be wiped out...

Population Dynamics Of Common Plant Pests Altered By Temperature
2013-08-02 08:56:44

Penn State Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix -- an insect pest -- and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers. These findings have implications for both pest control and how climate change may alter infestations. "While the influence of temperature on individual-level life-history traits is well understood, the impact on population-level...


Latest Insect Reference Libraries

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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