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For Your Eyes Only: Understanding How Sight Evolved
2013-07-29 12:19:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ability to look out for predators or see a distant source of water has allowed humans to get where we are today, but how did our sense of vision evolve throughout time? In a newly published research review, Trevor Lamb, a neuroscientist at the Australian National University, decided to look into several questions surrounding the evolution of the human eye. "There are profound questions about the eye which are still not easy to...

Chirp Of A Rare Bushcricket Is As Loud As A Power Saw
2013-07-23 14:56:24

AlphaGalileo Foundation A recently rediscovered species of bushcricket uses elastic energy and wing movement to reach high ultrasonic frequencies involving sound levels of about 110dB -- comparable to that of a power saw. The reason for a bushcricket species' unusually loud and ultra-high frequency calling song has been detailed in a new paper. Ben Chivers, who is studying animal behavior at the University of Lincoln, UK, co-authored the paper which illustrates the process in which...

2013-07-12 12:48:32

Simon Fraser University biologists have discovered a new, extinct family of insects that will help scientists better understand how some animals responded to global climate change and the evolution of communities. The Eocene Apex of Panorpoid Family Diversity, a paper by SFU’s Bruce Archibald and Rolf Mathewes, plus David Greenwood from Brandon University, was recently published in the Journal of Paleontology. The researchers named the new family the Eorpidae, after...

2013-07-11 12:43:41

Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool, Plymouth, and Radboud, Netherlands, have challenged the view that giant animals are found in polar seas because of a superabundance of oxygen in cold water. It is thought that giant insects and other creatures hundreds of millions of years ago evolved due to a superabundance of oxygen and that this could also explain the existence of giant sea creatures today. The new research, published in Functional Ecology, however, suggests that this may not...

Spider Web Attracted To Charged Insects
2013-07-05 10:17:49

[ Watch the Video: Falling Insects Electrostatically Deform Web ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of California claims spider webs don't attract the prey; rather, the prey attracts the web. As insects such as aphids or bees fly through the air, carried by their tiny and quickly beating wings, they build up a positive electrostatic charge. This charge may be enough to attract the thin and flexible strands of spider's silk which...

Moths Jam Bat Echolocation Systems
2013-07-05 09:04:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, the military has used radio signals to jam an enemy's radar and a new study in the journal Biology Letters suggests hawk moths use the same technique to evade predation by bats. According to the study's authors from the University of Florida, hawk moths emit sonic pulses from their genitals in response to the high-frequency echolocation that bats produce to locate prey. "This is just the first step toward understanding a...

Plant Distress Signals Can Attract Enemies
2013-07-02 15:02:35

Frontiers Plants that emit an airborne distress signal in response to herbivory may actually attract more enemies, according to a new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Plant Science. A team of researchers from Switzerland found that the odor released by maize plants under attack by insects attract not only parasitic wasps, which prey on herbivorous insects, but also caterpillars of the Egyptian cotton leafworm moth Spodoptera littoralis, a species that feeds on...

2013-06-29 23:02:23

Summer brings out fleas and pet owners can avoid any chance of having an infestation in their homes if they treat both their animals and their yard. Horne’s Pest Control shares some information on the best steps to avoid or treat fleas. (PRWEB) June 29, 2013 Fleas are common household pests for people with animals. Brought out during the summer months, fleas can infest in a very quick period of time. Horne’s Pest Control encourages pet and animal owners to avoid flea infestation by...

Scientists Use Video Game Tech To Control Cockroaches
2013-06-25 18:42:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Cockroach cyborgs are apparently becoming more and more popular, with researchers now turning to video games to help steer the insects via autopilot. One group of researchers launched a Kickstarter campaign called RoboRoach that allows you to control a cockroach using your smartphone through re-engineering the insect's antennae. Now, researchers have incorporated Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect system into an electronic interface...


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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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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