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2009-10-27 16:57:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Homeowners can help reduce landfill space and protect against pests while saving up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs with Terminix R-Plus Insulation. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090327/CL89887LOGO-e) Eco-conscious R-Plus Insulation is made from 85 percent recycled newsprint and is bonded, in a patented process, with boric acid that helps eliminate pests. R-Plus is an Energy Star-rated pest control insulation and is proven...

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2009-10-06 08:10:00

Evolution of sterility potentially explained among social insects Staying at home may have given the very first termite youngsters the best opportunity to rule the colony when their parents were killed by their neighbors. This is according to new research supported by the National Science Foundation and published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers say the incentive to remain home with siblings and inherit the parents' estate could be the missing link to...

2009-09-16 12:50:00

A left-wing Swedish group has claimed responsibility for sending live cockroaches to a man whose firm owns several rental property companies. The group, Antifascist Action, said it delivered the package to the suburban Stockholm home of Simon Kling, vice president of Norway-based investment firm Acta, because the company has let several rental properties which they own fall into disrepair while the leadership lives well in their newly renovated houses, The Local reported Wednesday. Police...

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2009-08-31 11:50:00

Travelers to the neotropics"”the tropical lands of the Americas"”might be forgiven for thinking that all of the colorful insects flittering over sunny puddles or among dense forest understory are butterflies. In fact, many are not. Some are moths that have reinvented themselves as butterflies, converging on the daytime niche typically dominated by their less hairy relatives. Now, a new revision of the taxonomic relationships among one such group of insects, the subfamily...

2009-08-31 08:50:00

Both species eat sound dry wood and can co-exist in the same tree but, while drywood termite colonies contain only about 200 individuals and are confined to one tree, colonies of Coptotermes "“ Australia's dominant wood-eating termite "“ contain around a million individuals, including thousands of aggressive soldiers, and can forage on up to 20 trees simultaneously."We already knew that chewing termites generate vibrations which they use to determine wood size and quality, so it...

2009-08-20 08:24:22

Malaysian scientists say they've discovered a new scuttle fly species that may have the potential to be a biological agent in controlling termite infestation. Named Misotermes mindeni, the new species was found to be a parasite on mound-building termites by doctoral student Kok-Boon Neoh and Professor Chow-Yang Lee of the University of Science Malaysia. The species was identified while Neoh was studying termite mounds on the university's Minden campus. The discovery was detailed in a recent...

2009-05-15 13:49:27

A termite entombed for 100 million years has revealed the oldest example ever found of animals and microorganisms working together, a U.S. scientist said. The termite was found in a chunk of amber excavated in 2001 from a mine in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, said George Poinar, a researcher at Oregon State University. The termite, which lived during the Early Cretaceous period in the age of the dinosaurs, landed in the amber with a wounded abdomen, from which spilled protozoa the...

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2009-05-15 09:20:00

The analysis of a termite entombed for 100 million years in an ancient piece of amber has revealed the oldest example of "mutualism" ever discovered between an animal and microorganism, and also shows the unusual biology that helped make this one of the most successful, although frequently despised insect groups in the world.The findings were made by George Poinar, an Oregon State University researcher and international expert on life forms found in amber. It was just published in Parasites...

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2009-05-13 13:10:27

A recent study has shown that earwig mothers are able to detect odors from the unhealthiest "nymphs" of their brood and accordingly adjust their behavior to ensure that the fittest young receive more attention than their siblings. Though frequent amongst many higher classes of animals, this study was the first of its kind to demonstrate such behavior in insects. For earwig parents, it seems that the name of the game is favoritism.  When the mother detects chemical signals released from...

2009-04-30 11:57:47

 Tiny mites living on the surface of Madagascar hissing cockroaches help decrease the  presence of a variety of molds on the cockroaches' bodies, potentially reducing allergic responses among humans who handle the popular insects, according to new research.Scientists cultured and identified fungi on the cockroaches' body surfaces with and without mites and discovered that the presence of these mites reduced the molds by at least 50 percent.Many of these same researchers reported a...


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2005-09-09 09:12:45

A caterpillar is the larval form of a lepidopteran (a member of the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). Caterpillars are characterized by their long segmented bodies and many sets of "legs". They eat voracious leaf eaters and grow rapidly, During growth the caterpillar will shed its skin four to five times before pupating into its adult form. Caterpillars have six true legs (being hexapods) on the thorax, up to four pairs of prolegs on the middle segments of the abdomen, and...

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2005-09-08 14:31:33

The Dragonfly is an insect belonging to the Order Odonata and suborder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multi-faceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. The dragonfly's diet consists typically of mosquitoes, midges and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies. They can be found around lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae (known as nymphs) are aquatic. Dragonflies do not bite or sting humans. Instead they are valued...

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2005-09-08 12:23:38

PHOTO CAPTION: Eriothrix rufomaculata (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The tachinid flies (family Tachinidae) are by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. It is a diverse group with some resembling drab houseflies and others brilliantly colored. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural enemies of major pests. Many species of tachinids have been introduced into North America from...

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2005-09-08 11:45:51

PHOTO CAPTION: Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea (photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Janice Carr) Flea is the common name for any of the small wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Some well known flea species include: Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis), Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis), Northern Rat Flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus), Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla...

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2005-09-08 11:11:08

PHOTO CAPTION: Goliath Beetle Beetles are one of the main groups of insects. Their order, Coleoptera (meaning "sheathed wing"), has more species than any other order in the entire animal kingdom. Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are regularly discovered. Estimates put the total number of species at between 5 and 8 million. When J. B. S. Haldane, a British geneticist, was asked what his studies of nature revealed about...

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Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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