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Trichomes Save Insect From Beetle Predation
2013-02-06 13:07:00

University of Guam Everyone needs to eat. But it's a dog-eat-dog world, and with the exception of the top predators, everyone also gets eaten. To cope with this vicious reality, a tiny insect that eats plants has learned to employ the plant's hairs for physical protection from its beetle predator. The pest is called the cycad aulacaspis scale, and its invasion into numerous countries in recent years has caused immeasurable loss of biodiversity. Cycads belong to an ancient lineage of...

robot controlled by silkworm moth
2013-02-06 11:29:19

[Watch Video: A Robot Being Driven By A Moth] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Robots have been used to handle a number of dirty chores for human beings in the past, some of which include looking for and cleaning environmental spills. Robotic engineers have also looked towards other animals and insects for inspiration when building out these autonomous machines. Tokyo researchers have now brought these two elements together in a new study published in...

Insects Spend A Lot Of Time Grooming
2013-02-05 04:30:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by North Carolina State University, shows like self-absorbed teenagers, insects spend a lot of time grooming. This grooming, specifically antennal cleaning, is a common function of insects that removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves. Grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses, the study shows, which are responsible for a host of functions such as food...

2013-01-31 23:02:57

The new storefront offers an expanded product assortment and enhanced site functionality. Greensboro, NC & Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 31, 2013 The new Insect Shield Workplace Safety & Health online store makes protective clothing and gear items available to workers in at-risk locations across the globe. The Insect Shield assortment consists of work wear, professional apparel and accessories–including clothing that also offers sun protection, flame resistance and high...

Scientists Describe 24 New Species Of Flower Fly Found In Central And Southern America
2013-01-31 13:48:56

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology A team of scientists have described twenty four new species of dipterans belonging to Quichuana genus, of which only a further 24 species were known. The researchers, including two Spanish biologists, have been studying the forests of Central and Southern America for ten years and they have now published their results in the 'Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society'. A ten-year study in forests of the American continent has...

Dung Beetles Use Milky Way For Nocturnal Navigation
2013-01-24 14:35:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Back before technology emerged into everyone's pockets, sailors used the stars as their GPS system when navigating the seven seas. While that way of navigation is a little outdated for humans, it´s still a modern technology for dung beetles. Scientists wrote in the journal Current Biology about how dung beetles guide their way through even the darkest of nights by the soft glow of the Milky Way in the sky. Researchers say...

2013-01-14 11:30:23

An international research consortium, led by Fujian Agriculture, Forestry University (FAFU) and BGI, has completed the first genome sequence of the diamondback moth (DBM), the most destructive pest of brassica crops. This work provides wider insights into insect adaptation to host plant and opens new ways for more sustainable pest management. The latest study was published online today in Nature Genetics. The diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) preferentially feeds on economically...

Diet Of The Lady Beetle Influences Its Effectiveness As Biocontrol Agent
2013-01-11 15:47:47

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) By examining what lady beetles eat, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are learning more about the movement of these beneficial insects in farm fields–and whether they'll actively feed on crop pests. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Jonathan Lundgren at the agency's North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Brookings, S.D., and former ARS entomologist Michael Seagraves were part of a team of ARS and...

Emerald Cockroach Wasp Is Both Neurochemist And Microbiologist
2013-01-09 18:41:47

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online We all remember the dinner scene in the hit 1979 film ℠Alien´. Everything seemed fine, when all of a sudden an alien parasite emerged from the chest cavity of Ian Holm, introducing a new form of horror in the science fiction genre. But was it, in fact, science fiction? Right here on earth, in the insect world, this phenomenon appears to be nothing new. Of course, the alien in the film was foreign and ugly and...

2012-12-27 05:03:03

For those who think they do not need exterminator services in the cold winter months, professional pest control provider explains why perceptions may be off. Windham, ME (PRWEB) December 26, 2012 People tend to rely on a belief that they need to deal with bugs during the warmer and wetter spring and summer months, but that bugs are not an issue during the cold winter months–they simply go away. Unfortunately, Ants ETC–a specialist in pest control in Windham, ME–points out...


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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