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Single Evolutionary Road May Lead To Rome

Single Evolutionary Road May Lead To Rome

Michigan State University A well-known biologist once theorized that many roads led to Rome when it comes to two distantly related organisms evolving a similar trait. A new paper, published in Nature Communications, suggests that when it comes...

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Bats Change Their Strategy When Food Is In Short Supply
2014-09-05 03:10:26

University of Bristol Bats could be more flexible in their echolocation behavior than previously thought, according to a new study into the foraging techniques of the desert long-eared bat by researchers at the University of Bristol. Echolocating bats have historically been classified into two groups: 'loud' aerial hawkers who catch flying insects on the wing and 'whispering' gleaners that pick up prey from the ground. While some bat species can forage in multiple ways, others have...

honeybee lab
2014-08-30 05:50:44

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While honeybees may be best known as producers of honey and beeswax useful for candles and seals, experts from the University of Arizona want to remind you that the insects play an important role in the agriculture industry. “Honeybees are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables. They're the cornerstones of heart-healthy and cancer prevention diets,”...

honeybee evolution
2014-08-25 06:27:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Honeybees are more genetically diverse than originally thought, and the species might have originated from Asia and not Africa as previously believed, according to new research published online Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics. As part of their study, researchers from the Uppsala University Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology and an international team of colleagues present the first global analysis of genome...

2014-08-21 23:11:35

Biteback Sports Golf Apparel with Insect Shield® protects against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums). Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 While golfing in Scotland and abroad, Biteback Sports CEO, Stephen Grant, found it hard to stay focused on his game due to the incessant buzzing and biting midges and mosquitoes. The constant whine, slapping and continual need to spray insect repellent became so laborious, he began researching innovative methods to...

cyborg moth drone
2014-08-21 06:46:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to convert moths into miniature drones by electronically manipulating their flight muscles and monitoring the signals the insects use to control them. Dr. Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and colleagues from NC State and Cornell University devised a method to attach electrodes to a moth during its pupal stage, when it...

butterfly gene repair
2014-08-07 04:00:04

Clemson University New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers. The National Science Foundation recently awarded the project $696,514. It was the foundation’s third grant to the project, bringing the total since 2009 to more than $3 million. The research has brought together Clemson’s materials scientists and...

butterfly family tree
2014-08-02 05:09:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the first study of its kind to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing, a team of researchers from the University of Florida have traced nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths. The findings, to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, create an extensive “Tree of Lepidoptera” and build the evolutionary framework for future ecological and genetics...

hummingbird beats helicopter
2014-08-02 04:17:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Hummingbird wings are more efficient than even the highest-quality helicopter blades when it comes to generating lift, according to new research appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society: Interface. However, experiments conducted by Stanford University professor David Lentink indicate that the gap between nature and human engineering is closing. While the best hummingbird was found to be over 20 percent...

Bumblebees Able To Spot Which Flowers Offer Best Rewards
2014-08-01 03:55:22

University of Exeter Bumblebees are able to connect differences in pollen quality with floral features, like petal color, and so land only on the flowers that offer the best rewards, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Exeter. Unlike nectar, bees do not ingest pollen whilst foraging on flowers, and so until now it has been unclear whether they are able to form associative relationships between what a flower looks like and the quality of its pollen. The study...

Radio Frequency ID Tags Attached To Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics
2014-07-25 03:12:10

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place. The findings are reported in the journal Animal Behaviour. [ Watch The Video: Hive Intelligence: How Honey Bees Adjust To Catastrophic Loss ] Tagging the...


Latest Pollinators Reference Libraries

Melissophobia
2013-12-24 11:13:46

Melissophobia or the fear of bees, from Greek melissa, meaning honey bee and phobos, meaning fear, and sometimes misspelled as melissaphobia and known also as apiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people and is kind of a specific phobia. The majority of the population have been stung by a bee or had friends or family members stung. A child may fall victim to a bee sting while playing outside. The sting can be rather painful and in some individuals results in swelling which might...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Lesser Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris yerbabuenae
2013-08-19 15:45:14

The lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat or more commonly as Sanborn’s long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in a different areas depending upon the season. Its summer range includes southern portions of Arizona, California, and New Mexico and a yearly range in southern and eastern portions of Mexico and coasts of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This species prefers a habitat within scrublands,...

Greater Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris nivalis
2013-08-19 15:40:45

The greater long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. It prefers a habitat within temperate forests or desert scrublands. The greater long-nosed bat migrates seasonally to different areas of is range, most likely due to weather patterns and food abundance. In Mexico, the greater long-nosed bat roosts in male and female colonies, but during midsummer, after...

Southern Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris curasoae
2013-08-19 15:20:27

The southern long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae) is a species of leaf-nosed bat that is native to South America. It holds a range that includes Venezuela, Colombia, and the islands of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire. It prefers a habitat within arid or semiarid climates along coastlines or in scrublands and thorn forests. The Curacao population was once thought to be a subspecies but is now classified as a population along with other populations of the species. The southern long-nosed bat...

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