Invertebrates

Eyeliner On Spiders: It's For Science

NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with University of Florida scientist Lisa Taylor about her lab's use of human makeup in experiments about spider coloration and mating.<p>Transcript<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST:<p>We learned this week that scientists in Florida are putting eyeliner on spiders. Why? Well, to …

Science

How to Photograph Bugs in Front of a Sunrise

I’ve been taking photos for a long time. That said, I got into the bad habit of taking tons of disjointed photos. That is, I was not thinking of my …

Photography

New limu species found deep in Hawaiian waters

HONOLULU (KHON) - Some local researchers are working to discover all they can about some 60 new species of limu, or algae, found deep within Hawaiian …

Hawaii

An arachnaphobe's worst nightmare! Spiders capable of jumping more than SIX FEET have been spotted in the UK for the first time

Jumping spiders that are capable of jumping over an average-sized human have been spotted in the UK for the first time ever.<p>This rare type of …

Zoology

Feds: Man illegally imported scorpions, giant millipedes

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal authorities say a New Jersey man illegally imported scorpions, giant millipedes and other invertebrates, some of which …

New Jersey

Here’s what robots could learn from fire ants

Fire ants’ secret to success is prioritizing efficiency over fairness. Robot teams could use that strategy to work more efficiently in tight, crowded …

Science

Lovely lavender hopes to help St Florence church

A NEW lavender farm in Pembrokeshire is one of three sustainable projects open to the public on Saturday to raise money for a village …

Habitats

Farmers wonder about impact of alternatives to pesticides being banned

OTTAWA — The federal government is giving farmers three years to figure out what pesticides they can use to protect their crops from aphids and …

Pesticides

Mussels reveal secrets of reproductive ‘chemistry’

In relationships, “chemistry” is usually that “special something”, but Deakin chemists are on the brink of understanding the real chemistry of …

Biology

Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest

While honeybees and their buzzing hives and hyper-fertile queens get all the press for pollinating our food supply, the hard-working blue orchard bee is one of 4,000 bee species native to North America that does its solitary work in relative obscurity. That is, until now.<p>In the video, you can see …

Insects

Hundreds of 'sea potatoes' have washed up on a beach in Cornwall

Yes, you read that correctly. Sea potatoes are a real thing, and they have washed up by the hundreds on Penzance beach in Cornwall, UK, over the last …

Science

Anti-1080 protesters converge on Whanganui

The debate over 1080 poison came to Whanganui on Saturday, with protesters saying it has no place in New Zealand.<p>But the Conservation Department …

Pest Control

'Insect Destroyer' Fungus Turns Flies Into Zombies

Fruit flies are a nuisance to most people.<p>It can be hard to find sympathy for creatures that are known to terrorize kitchens.<p>A new study details the terror a fruit fly experiences when it’s invaded by a fungus called the “insect destroyer”.<p>This study may bring the fruit fly a little sympathy.<p>The …

Research

consequences of medically important invasive arthropods: The longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis | Clinical Infectious Diseases

Article PDF first page preview<p>Close<p>This content is only available as a PDF.<p>This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford …

Oxford University Press

Watch Out: Wasps Are Apparently Drunk and Angry This Time of Year

If you think they’re worse than usual, you’re right.<p>The summer is a great time to sit outside with a nice cold drink. And it turns out that’s not just the case for humans. <i>Vice</i> reports wasps also tend to imbibe in late summer—and they get drunk, too.<p><i>The Daily Mail</i> in the U.K. puts it in a more …

Insects

Bugs and Butterflies

Monarch tagging demonstrations at Tyler Arboretum's Bugs and Butterflies event. Image by Gary Bloomer.<p>Monarch tagging demonstrations at Tyler …

Delaware Valley

Megabugs: 10 of the largest insects in the world

From butterflies with immense wingspans to creepy crawlies with the longest legs of their kind, here are some of the largest insects in the animal …

Insects

Genes drive ageing, making normal processes damaging

The deteriorative part of ageing, called ‘senescence’, is the main cause of disease and death worldwide<p>Ageing in worms mainly results from the direct …

Biology

‘Extremely Rare’ 430-Million-Year-Old Worm-Like Fossil Found In Herefordshire

This newfound ancient critter is a distant relative of the velvet worm.<p>British researchers have stumbled upon a previously unknown species of …

Oxford University

Worms may age because they cannibalize their own intestines

The microscopic nematode worms that squirm around in soil and researchers’ labs have a taste for tripe—their own. Their habit of digesting their own …

Biology

New technology improves CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes, other species

A technology designed to improve CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes and other arthropods succeeds with a high degree of efficiency, while …

Genetics

Bed bugs: small, resistant and very hard to fight

They're the worst kind of vacation souvenir - parasites that you unwittingly bring home in your luggage. Once bed bugs are in your home, getting rid …

Science

Sexy Sea Worms Light Up Bermuda in One-of-a-Kind Mating Ritual

Oct. 12, 1492, is remembered in North America as the fateful day an Italian explorer named Christopher Columbus made landfall in the so-called New …

Biology

'Intoxicated' wasps all set to ramp up the irritating factor

Summer is starting to draw to a close and everyone wants to make the most of the last few weeks of sunshine.<p>Temperatures remain high and the days are …

Surrey (UK)

My Two-Week Edible-Insect Feast

The insects appeared at my Chicago doorstep in swarms. Crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, mealworms, ants—all of them dead on arrival, entombed in …

Food

Welcome to the World, Little Fish. In 14 Days You’ll Start Making Babies.

Killifish are a family of freshwater fish that have evolved to survive in the most difficult of situations. Here in the United States, for instance, the Atlantic killifish is known for having adapted to live in heavily polluted places like the Lower Passaic River.<p>But in small murky puddles that …

Biology

Scientists find elusive molecule that helps sperm find egg

Scientists affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have identified a key molecule driving chemoattraction between sperm and egg cells …

Molecular Biology

The rules of attraction: Scientists find elusive molecule that helps sperm find egg

A recent report identifies a key molecule driving chemoattraction between sperm and egg cells in marine invertebrates.

Sperm

Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

<b>Q. It is well known that mosquitoes, fleas, lice and ticks transmit human diseases, but what about cockroaches?</b><p>A. The proven health risks of cockroach infestation seem to be predominantly those of filth, food contamination and allergic asthma rather than direct transmission of disease, according to …

Public Health

Carol Kirkwood delivers brutal put down to BBC News presenter Charlie Stayt

Carol Kirkwood has delivered a swipe at Charlie Stayt after she appeared in Greenwich park to present the weather.<p>The BBC Breakfast presenter …

BBC