Beetle parents manipulate information broadcast from bacteria in a rotting corpse

If you think only humans engage in disinformation, think again. Here is a stunning example of a beetle manipulating the odors emitted from a rotting corpse to keep it hidden from competitors.

Stephen Trumbo, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut • conversation
Jan. 26, 2021 ~9 min

New Findings: Beetle Uses 'Gut Goop' to Protect Its Food

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 24, 2021 ~4 min

Bitter battles between stinkbugs and carnivorous mice could hold clues for controlling human pain

Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.

Lauren Koenig, PhD Candidate in Integrative Biology, Michigan State University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tiny treetop flowers foster incredible beetle biodiversity

In the Amazon, beetles and flowering trees have developed a tight bond. Hundreds of beetle species thrive off of and pollinate blossoms, helping to maintain some of the highest biodiversity on Earth.

Caroline S. Chaboo, Adjunct Professor in Insect Systematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

How did insects get their colours? Crystal-covered beetle discovery sheds light

Researchers realised a dull-looking 13,000-year-old weevil was actually covered in brilliant green, blue and yellow nanoscopic crystals.

Luke McDonald, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

Dung beetles help rainforests regrow – but extreme drought and wildfires in the Amazon are killing them off

A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.

Joice Ferreira, Researcher in Ecology, Federal University of Pará • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

Beetle in amber pollinated flowers 99M years ago

A drop of fossilized amber from a mine in northern Myanmar contains not just a beetle but also 62 grains of pollen still clinging to its legs.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

‘The Rockefeller Beetles’ explores the beauty of a major gift

“The Rockefeller Beetles,” a new exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, features hundreds of specimens from an exceptional collection that reflects the story of a man whose childhood pursuit grew into a lifelong passion.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 18, 2018 ~2 min