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March 18, 2019

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March 18, 2019

Insects in Decline: On Farmland, Latecomers Lose out

Mar. 7, 2019 — Wild bees in Europe are in trouble -- more than 50 percent of local species are now classified as endangered. Recent findings indicate that, in farming areas, species that emerge in late summer are ... read more

Mar. 7, 2019 — A total of 103 new species of weevils are added to the genus Trigonopterus from Sulawesi whereas. Prior to the study, there had only been a single species from this group documented on the Indonesian ... read more

Forecasting Mosquitoes' Global Spread

Mar. 4, 2019 — New prediction models factoring in climate, urbanization and human travel and migration offer insight into the recent spread of two key disease-spreading mosquitoes -- Aedes aegypti and Aedes ... read more

Disclosing Bed Bug Infestation to Potential Tenants Can Save Landlords Money

Mar. 4, 2019 — Laws that require landlords to disclose bed bug infestations help combat the spread of the insects and protect the health of potential tenants. According to a new study, these laws also lead to cost ... read more

Dying Trees in Cities? Blame It on the Pavement

Mar. 4, 2019 — A new study of urban tree life in the Southeast shows pavement and concrete may have a bigger effect than longitudinal ... read more

How the Humble Marigold Outsmarts a Devastating Tomato Pest

Mar. 1, 2019 — Researchers carried out a study to prove what gardeners around the world have known for generations -- marigolds repel tomato ... read more

Medicating Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

Feb. 27, 2019 — Mosquitoes that landed on surfaces coated with the anti-malarial compound atovaquone were completely blocked from developing Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, according to new ... read more

Feb. 27, 2019 — Researchers on the remote forested island of Hauturu, New Zealand have compiled a staggering inventory of invertebrate biodiversity using DNA sequencing, adding a significant number of invertebrates ... read more

Packaging Insecticides in Tiny Capsules May Make Them More Toxic

Feb. 27, 2019 — Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules -- a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market -- could lead to unintended ... read more

Earning a Bee's Wings

Feb. 26, 2019 — When a honey bee turns 21 days old, she leaves the nest to look for pollen and nectar. For her, this is a moment of great risk, and great reward. It's also the moment at which she becomes ... read more

Nematode Odors Offer Possible Advantage in the Battle Against Insect Pests

Feb. 26, 2019 — Gardeners commonly use nematodes to naturally get rid of harmful soil-dwelling insects. A new study revealed that these insect-killing nematodes also produce distinctive chemical cues, which deter ... read more

Feb. 26, 2019 — Using CRISPR, scientists have carried out extensive work on a little-known yet effective weapon of the innate immune system, antimicrobial ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in ... read more

Skulls of 2 Species of Ancient Reptile Reconstructed

Feb. 25, 2019 — Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions, the skulls of two species of ancient reptile that lived in the Late Triassic, one of which ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Thought to be Canada's most promising potential defense against the brown marmorated stink bug (a globally spreading pest of various fruits and vegetables), the samurai wasp has been considered ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Grape phylloxera -- the insect that nearly wiped out wine production at the end of the 19th century in France -- hijacks a grape vine's reproductive programs to create a leaf gall, which it uses ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Different cultures, different habits and different behavioral patterns -- this applies not only to humans but also to chimpanzees, one of our two closest living relatives. A team of researchers now ... read more

Feb. 22, 2019 — A molecular analysis found that wingless flies protected their eggs with a temperature-resistant gel to help them withstand freezing and thawing in ... read more

Feb. 22, 2019 — A 15-year study by entomologists found that, when living apart from the unsavory bug it mimics, the viceroy butterfly becomes yucky, making biologists rethink old theories about animal ... read more

Feb. 22, 2019 — For bees and other social insects, being able to exchange information is vital for the success of their colony. One way honeybees do this is through their waggle dance. Biologists have now shed some ... read more

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