Josh Kenesky

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Why Some Food Coloring is Made of Bugs

When you read the ingredients label on the back of a bottle of juice, you probably automatically divide them into recognizable components—like fruits …

Petting This Cute Caterpillar Could Send You To The Hospital

Most people think of caterpillars as harmless, fuzzy little creatures that will soon morph into beautiful butterflies. The puss caterpillar …

Ants Are Just as Effective as Chemical Pesticide

When it comes to tree crops, ants are an effective, safe, and cost-saving way to control pests. Bye bye pesticide?<p>Though we’re used to exterminating …

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 …

Insects

20 Startling Facts About Insects

Almost everywhere you look, you'll find one — or dozens — of the six-legged critters called insects. A wildly diverse bunch, the class Insecta …

The Story of the Butterfly That Got Adopted by A Red Ant

Once there was a caterpillar, hungry enough to chow down on the flower buds of a plant known for its toxic fumes. One day, the caterpillar left the …

Velvet ants share warning signals with the neighbours

North American velvet ants are one of the world’s largest complexes of mimics. Although these beautiful insects produce an intensely painful venom, neighbouring species still mimic each other’s many warning signals, a trait that effectively protects them all from predators<p>A team of American …

Zoology

Flies that fight off parasites produce offspring with greater genetic mix

Infections may lead organisms to diversify their next generation's DNA.<p>Female fruit flies that fall sick produce offspring more genetically diverse …

Biology

Secret of "Death" Moth's Scary Squeak Revealed

The ominous insect, immortalized in The Silence of the Lambs, has rapid, accordion-like mouthparts that allow it to make sound, a new study says.<p>Immortalized in the horror movie <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i> and in folklore as a night-flying harbinger of doom, the death's head hawk moth has a ghoulish …

Biology

How Zombie Spiders Are Enslaved As Wasp Nursery Builders

Parasitic wasps are horrible things. They inject their quarry with chemicals that turn them into zombies, forcing the host animal to do their bidding. A new study has some insight into how a species of spider is forced to build a nursery for tiny wasp babies, ensuring their survival after the …

Zoology

Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The Bumblebee

Bumblebees are important pollinators of crops and wildflowers across the U.S., and they gather heavy loads of nectar and pollen from flowers. A study published Monday shows that the type of food they carry affects how they fly.<p>That's because they store nectar in a special pouch inside their …

Ecology

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Caterpillar treats and tricks ants by oozing spiked juice

Beware the caterpillar offering a juicy treat. Sips tweak ant brain chemistry, lulling the insects into neglecting their own colony in favor of …

Insects

This rugged African ant prefers to scavenge when the sand is at its hottest — approaching 150 degrees

Summer in the Sahara is scorching — sand temperatures can range between 149-158 degrees Fahrenheit. While skittering across the African desert at high noon might sound like a death wish, it’s only natural for the Saharan silver ant (Cataglyphis bombycina).<p>The insect emerges from its nest to forage …

Insects

The Bugs of Summer: Fireflies

Summer is in full swing, which means firefly season is officially upon us. While these brilliant bugs are lighting up the night all around New York, …

Nature

How Do Anthills Survive the Rain?

Ants are very small creatures, and they have no shortage of outside threats: predators, shoes, ant poison, you name it. Rain seems like it would be a …

Citizen scientists tracking Ohio bumblebees

Luciana Musetti is fascinated by bumblebees. "They play a vital role to our environment, and they are beautiful, too," Musetti, an entomologist and …

Ecology
Agriculture

The Bug That Wears Its Victims Like Armor

With a name like the assassin bug, you can be sure this is one tough insect. As it turns out though, the assassin bug doesn't just kill and eat its …

Let’s Nerd Out About Ants Before You See Ant-Man

Author: Gwen Pearson. Gwen Pearson Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.17.15.<p>Time of Publication: 1:11 pm. 1:11 pm<p>Bug scientists are buzzing with …

Chink Found in Armor of Invasive Crazy Ant

Tawny crazy ants are taking hold in the United States, swarming in explosive numbers and displacing other wildlife. But scientists from the …

A downy killer wages chemical warfare

It may look sweet and fuzzy. But make no mistake. It’s a cold, calculated murderer.<p>The assassin, a common fungus called <i>Beauveria bassiana</i>, slays with …

War

Flies in Amber Were Ancient Pollinators

In spring or summer, you can look down almost any street and see flowers blooming, on plants from dandelions to cherry trees. Flowering plants, or …

Natural History

Earth is losing its bumblebees

Climate change is causing wild bumblebees to disappear from large swaths of their historical range, which could spell disaster for pollinating crops in Europe and North America, new research suggests.<p>As global temperatures have risen, bumblebees have disappeared from the warmest regions they …

Ecology

Eat Bugs To Save The Planet

We’re a month away from going over budget in using this year’s planetary resources. One way to balance our ecological books is to eat more insects.<p>By …

The ant, the butterfly and their chemical warfare with an oregano plant

The Large Blue butterfly is a warrior. With its azure wings, the butterfly appears fragile in the European breeze, but in truth, it is a bombardier …

Biology