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Insects: What Have They Ever Done For Us?

Insects: What Have They Ever Done For Us? Entomologists Converge on Trinity to Highlight Research into Ecosystem Service Provision by Insects<p>1 …

Big Pictures, Tiny Creatures

By taking high resolution images of our collections, the Academy is making our specimens—from bees to butterflies to plants—available to world.

Bees

Move Over, Canola: Your Next Recipe Might Call For Insect Oil

Crickets are good for more than just protein<p>The quest for alternative cooking oils has found an unlikely source: insects.<p>You might have already heard that insects are gradually making their way into our diets. Foodies and agricultural associations alike are turning to insects as a source of protein …

Saturated Fats

Lasers Detect Insect Roar That Humans Couldn’t Otherwise Hear — Listen

Lions roar. Gorillas roar. Insects roar.<p>One of the types of bugs that was found to exhibit roaring behavior. (Image source: Sanchez JA, Spina ML, Perera OP, Creative Commons License)<p>That last one might sound like an oxymoron, but scientists recently discovered that some insects do in fact roar even …

Nature

Pantry Pests Harbor Plastic-Chomping Bacteria | Chemical & Engineering News

PLASTIC GOURMAND<p>Waxworms, the larvae of Indian mealmoths, have guts filled with microbes that can digest plastic, according to a new study.<p>PLASTIC …

May Berenbaum Receives New Species of Cockroach Named After Her

May Berenbaum Receives New Species of Cockroach Named After Her<p>Earlier this year, a PhD student named Dominic Evangelista wrote a blog post for …

Pest Control with Air Rifles - Rat Shooting - Rattastic!

Pest Controller Encounters ‘Most Amazing Sight’ He’s Ever Seen in His 40-Year Career Inside Woman’s Room

A U.K. pest controller on a routine call encountered the “most amazing sight” of his 40-year-old career inside a woman’s guest bedroom.<p>John Birkett of Longwood Services Pest Control said he was called to a home and directed to the home’s second floor when he immediately spotted the …

Common Sense Bed Bug Control

A practice called “Integrated Pest Management” takes group effort.<p>When my book <i>Infested</i> came out last month, I got an email from a reader in Toronto—an entomologist named Sam Bryks, from IPM Consultancy. He generally liked the book, he said, but he wished I had focused more on a process called …

Gardening

Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope | Reuters

LONDON - Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops worldwide.<p>In what they said could be a pesticide-free and environmentally-friendly way …

Pest Control

Why the world needs insects

Just under one million insect species have been identified on the planet. Global insect species diversity makes up more than half of all other …

What It's Like to Get Stung by the World's Most Painful Insect

An entomologist explains why getting bitten by a bullet ant is something you never want to experience.<p><i>Dr. Justin Schmidt, an entomologist and research director of the Southwest Biological Institute, knows pain. In fact, he invented the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which categorizes the level of pain</i> …

'They're in everything': California bug outbreak irks residents as insects invade homes, cars

A small winged bug is drawing concern in some high-desert communities on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.<p>The insects are swarming around gas stations, homes and hotels.<p>The fingernail-sized insects are a major topic of conversation in towns like Lone Pine.<p>Experts say the unusual explosion of …

The future of honey bees could depend on tracking

Minuscule tracking devices have been fitted to honey bees in Australia in a bid to aid survival against disease<p>Tracking devices weighing less than half a grain of rice have been attached to thousands of bees in a hive in Australia in a bid to help survival rates.<p>Micro-sensors, fitted to the insects …

Like A Living Cabinet Of Curiosities, This Enchanting Installation Brings Insects To Life

Created for the London Design Festival, the Curiosity Cloud is made up of 250 hand-fabricated insects that fly around in glass bulbs when visitors approach.<p>The Austrian designers mischer’traxler are masters at marrying craft and technology in enchanting ways, as we’ve seen with their self-weaving, …

Insects

Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

Animals, including humans, feel sound as well as hear it, and some of the most meaningful audio communication happens at frequencies that people can't hear. Elephants, for example, use these low-frequency rumbles to, among other things, find family or a mate across long distances. Whales do it, too.<p>…

Music Production

Confuddling Cuba

By College Tourist; Author: Claudia Rhodes-White, University of Technology Sydney, Australia<p><b>I put down my camera and remind myself that this was about watching, learning and soaking up all that Cuba could offer.</b><p>Cuba is a hard one. This is one of the times in your life when photos can NOT CAPTURE …

Cuba