Insects

Bugs Bugging Your Crops? Friendly Insects To Your Rescue

Doing their bit towards encouraging organic farming are the agriculture scientists of Khalsa College, Punjab. It is the Bio-Control Lab at the …

Agriculture

The joy of insects: why bugs are an athlete's best friend

'I pick the wings off them, because you wouldn't want those parts. Then I dry-roast them and mix them with dates, nuts and cocoa in the food processor. Delicious."<p>Welcome to the world of Marcus Leach, adventure athlete, writer and cooker of insects - specifically crickets, a protein source that has …

Nutrition

Bugs on the rise due to rain, officials warn

<i>File: Officials are warning that this year might bring a record number of mosquitos and nuisance insects to the region.; Credit: ROSLAN</i> …

Viruses

Meet the Scientists Who Are Making Bread with Cockroach Flour - Munchies

It's time to start looking at cockroaches differently, as you may find them in your food very soon—not walking over your leftovers, but mixed into everyday dishes.<p>Two scientists from the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil have developed a flour made of cockroaches that contains 40 percent …

Gluten

Man arrested smuggling thousands of beetles, spiders, scorpions from Perth

A Czech national has been fined $2000 for attempting to smuggle 4226 Australian native insect specimens - including 27 spiders and seven scorpions - …

Brisbane

This Swiss Restaurant Is Offering an Insect Cooking Class

The bugs are raised on the premises.<p>For those who are tired of the usual <i>coq au vin</i> and <i>tiramisu</i> of cooking classes, a restaurant in Switzerland is …

Restaurants

How Many Tons Of Insects Do You Reckon Spiders Eat A Year?

It’s *quite a lot*.<p>A new study has attempted to estimate how many millions of tons of insects all the spiders in the world eat per year.<p>The authors used data from 65 previous studies, and came up with an estimate that there were <i>25 million tons</i> of spiders in the world. (For context, that’s about as …

Spiders

Spiders eat astronomical numbers of insects: Spiders feed on an estimated 400 to 800 million tons of insects and other pests annually; in comparison, all humans consume about 400 million tons in meat and fish

Spiders feed on an estimated 400 to 800 million tons of insects and other pests annually; in comparison, all humans consume about 400 million tons in …

Spiders

Life-like resin & brass insect sculptures reveal the beauty of bugs

Insects are one of the most numerous species on earth, with over a million known species, and possibly an estimated six to nine million existing …

Sustainability

How do animals see in the dark?

On a moonless night, light levels can be more than 100m times dimmer than in bright daylight. Yet while we are nearly blind and quite helpless in the …

Nature

Fantastic Sculptures of Imaginative Insects

Hiroshi Shinno is a Japanese artist passionate about animals and insects of all kinds. In his latest series, the artist constructed imaginative …

Art

To get others to appreciate bugs, an entomologist puts them on her face

Nancy Miorelli has never been afraid of bugs.<p>“I understand that some can hurt me, and I have respect for those,” she says. “But I’m not afraid of them.”<p>Miorelli is an American entomologist currently living in the Maquipucuna (which means “hand of nature” in Quechua, the language of the tribe native …

Nature

Autumn 'dangerous season' for European Wasp attacks, expert says

The ACT Government's eWasp Hotline located 66 nests inside Canberra houses and apartments since last August, a consultant says, with a dangerous time …

Nature

How Cyborg Insects Could Save Lives and Stop Our Enemies

Between spreading illnesses, ruining crops, and infesting our homes, insects have had a long, adversarial relationship with humans. But not all insects are pests — think bees — and if scientists and engineers have their way, several more species will soon become our unwitting allies.<p>In labs …

Cyborgs

Imaginative Insects Formed From Resin and Brass by Hiroshi Shinno

Japanese artist Hiroshi Shinno builds hyperrealistic sculptures of insects that don’t exist, perfect forms of imaginative species that look as if …

Sculpture

24 Solar Terms: 6 things you may not know about Awakening of Insects

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Awakening of Insects (Chinese: 惊蛰) falls on Mar 5 and ends on Mar 19 …

Nature

Hold up on the bug spray; most of those insects do no harm

In March and April our pruned roses are gorgeous, with fresh green foliage and the season’s first beautiful blooms. Unfortunately, we are not the …

Gardening

Insects love windthrows

Storm-ravaged woodland is approximately twice as rich in insect species as undamaged forest, new research concludes. This is because many endangered …

Biology

Brazilian Scientists Bake Bread Out of Cockroach Flower

With food shortage expected to become a major problem in the next decades, many experts believe that insects could become a major source of nutrients …

Gluten

Insects up close

I have discovered something about myself as I get older.<p>Bugs are really interesting. Ever since my first purchase of a cheap little macro lens for my …

Nature

First Mayflies Of The Season

Change is coming, spring is just around the corner, the early bird gets the worm, and you should have been here yesterday. The last throes of winter …

Fishing

Why You Should Be Eating Insects

As your crunchy friends probably have already told you — as they dug into that leg-encrusted grasshopper enchilada — insects are one of the most …

Nutrition

Species appears to evolve quickly enough to endure city temperatures: Study shows acorn ants rapidly adjust, suggesting the insects may be able to cope with other sources of warming, including climate change

Study shows acorn ants rapidly adjust, suggesting the insects may be able to cope with other sources of warming, including climate change<p>Urban acorn …

Climate Change

The farm worker who wants you to eat crickets to save the world

Vincent Vitale works for a farm in Texas, but it's not your average American farm. This farm raises crickets for people to eat.<p>At Aspire Food Group …

Farming

Chapter 10: How to Make Photo Books | The Quickest Ways to Do the Things You Want to Do, Right Now!

Using Lightroom’s Built-In Book Module<p>I wanted to name this chapter “Making Beautiful Photo Books,” but then I realized that some people might make a …

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

'They're used to eating scorpions': Angelina Jolie and her kids eat insects—should you?

“Crickets, you start with crickets. Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up to tarantulas,” Angelina Jolie told BBC News.<p>Jolie demonstrated …

Canadian News

Bumblebees Demonstrate the Power of Insect Brains

Never underestimate the power of the bee brain.<p>In the latest triumph for one of humanity’s favorite insects, bumblebees learned how to push a ball to the center of a platform for a sugary treat.<p>That may not make them a threat on the chess board, but soccer or even Skee-Ball might be within their …

The Brain

Robotics Researchers Discovered a Better Way For Insects to Walk

A popular approach to designing robots that can navigate a world built for living creatures is to simply copy Mother Nature’s designs. But while …

Robotics

Researchers build nightmare spider robot that’s faster than a real bug

It’s estimated that as much as 30% of the population has some degree of arachnophobia, making it one of the more common fears among humanity. It …

Robotics

Video Friday: Robot Push-Recovery, Air-Water Drone, and DARPA Explains AI

This robot walks in a way that is faster, more efficient than what insects have evolved<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><html> <body>This robot …

Robotics