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New Moth Perfumes Generated Through Genetic Mutations
2013-02-20 11:05:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by scientists at Sweden´s Lund University has revealed that a single mutation in a moth gene can produce an entirely new scent. The research team believes the results could contribute to the tailored production of pheromones that could be used for pest control. The scent of a female moth can be picked up by the male from several hundred feet away.  The males are guided by sexual pheromones —...

Finding Mr. Right: Understanding The Evolution Of Sex Pheromones In Wasps
2013-02-14 08:33:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How do you look for your perfect mate? Perhaps you take long walks on the beach, share a candlelight dinner, have a virtual date on Skype; or maybe it's smelling that scent of just the right perfume. When it comes to finding the perfect mate in the insect world, especially for a member of one particular wasp species, it only takes a whiff of the special love potion to know you have found "Mr. Right." Most insects rely on their...

Behavior Of Bed Bugs Being Studied For New Management Tactics
2013-02-11 11:56:12

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Learning more about the behavior of bed bugs is one approach being used by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists to identify compounds to help control these pests. The resurgence of bed bugs over the last decade has caused problems in major U.S. cities where they infest homes, apartments, hotels, shelters and even places of work. The small, blood-feeding insects are not known to transmit diseases, but they can cause severe reactions in...

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...

2012-12-14 12:31:22

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that male mice produce a pheromone that provokes females and competitor males to remember a preference for the place where the pheromone was previously encountered. Some animals, such as moths, use a sensitive tracking system to trace airborne sex pheromones to the source, while others, such as snakes, follow trails of pheromones left on the ground. A team from the University's Institute of Integrative Biology has discovered that mice...

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2012-09-11 23:08:29

John Neumann for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have long known that ants live in some of the most complex social structures of any animal. With the division of labor and communication between individual ants and the ability to solve complex problems, the reason for such complex structures may be the increased number of smells that ants can discern. A team of scientists, led by Lawrence Zwiebel and his research team at Vanderbilt, recently completed the first full...

Semen Protein Prompts Ovulation
2012-08-21 09:17:20

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A brave team of researchers led by Canadian Gregg Adams from the University of Saskatchewan have discovered a protein in semen that acts on the brains of females prompting ovulation, and is the same molecule that regulates the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells, reports e! Science News. The international team of researchers found that male mammals have accessory sex glands that contribute seminal fluid to semen, but the...

Gene Mutation In Male Moth Allows It To Detect Female Even When Scent Is Altered
2012-08-15 13:54:51

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Because of a single gene mutation on the antenna of a male moth, he is able to receive a female moth´s Hail Mary pheromone pass from end zone-to-end zone even if she were to alter its scent. According to a report published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of researchers led by Montana State University entomologist Kevin Wanner identified the gene in male moths responsible for...

2012-08-04 02:26:14

Predatory beetles can detect the unique alarm signal released by ants that are under attack by parasitic flies, and the beetles use those overheard conversations to guide their search for safe egg-laying sites on coffee bushes. Azteca instabilis ants patrol coffee bushes and emit chemical alarm signals when they're under attack by phorid flies. In an article published online July 27 in the journal Ecology and Evolution, University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues show that...


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