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Olfactory Signals Help Female Moths Choose Best Egg-laying Sites
2013-06-03 11:00:17

Small changes in the composition of green leaf volatiles induced by herbivory guide ovipositing female moths to unattacked plants

UN Turns To Edible Insects As Food Source
2013-05-13 15:38:30

According to a new report from the United Nations, forests and the creepy crawlers that inhabit them are an underutilized source of food in the battle against worldwide hunger.

World's Most Extreme Hearing Animal Discovered By Researchers
2013-05-08 14:45:58

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have discovered that the greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300kHz – the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the natural world.

Tiny Robotic Insects Take Flight
2013-05-03 09:06:20

A team of Harvard engineers has made a successful test flight with a tiny robotic insect that is half the size of a paperclip, weighs less than a tenth of a gram, and can flap its wings 120 times per second.

Nothing Bugging NASA Aeronautical Researchers
2013-04-25 12:43:54

NASA's gutsiest scientists say they don't get bugged no matter what kind of sticky situation they find themselves smashed into.

World Of Fairyflies Has A New Representative: Tinkerbella Nana
2013-04-24 13:35:49

Mymaridae, commonly known as fairyflies, are one of about 18 families of chalcid wasps. Fairyflies occur worldwide, except in Antarctica.

Monarch Butterflies Rely On Landmarks In Order To Find Their Way
2013-04-09 12:37:42

A new study, led by researchers from the University of Guelph, focused on the migratory corridor followed by majestic monarch butterflies. More specifically, the study focused on the butterflies' innate sense of direction and how they arrived at possessing this trait.

2013-03-28 22:07:06

Higher temperatures in cities can be a key driver of insect pest outbreaks on trees in urban areas.


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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