Understanding how evolution shaped the insect visual system

Harvard researchers develop in vitro method for probing what colors an insect sees.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
yesterday ~8 min

Male butterflies mark their mates with a stench to 'turn off' rival suitors

The stench was once thought to originate from plants, but scientists have now pin-pointed its true origin.

Kathleen Darragh, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Davis • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~5 min

Want to teach kids about nature? Insects can help

Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.

Megan Ennes, Assistant Curator of Museum Education, University of Florida • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Monarchs lay more eggs where milkweed isn’t alone

Milkweed is key to monarch butterflies' life cycle. But adding other flowering plants may help monarchs more than milkweed alone.

U. Florida • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

How gross ‘chastity belts’ shape butterfly evolution

After mating, some male butterflies seal their mate's genitalia. But females have evolved ways of fighting back or getting around the "mating plug."

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it

Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?

D. André Green II, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Blame milkweed loss for steep monarch declines

Loss of milkweed is the most likely reason for the incredible loss of monarchs, a new study of 1.4 million butterflies shows.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Monarchs from east and west fly differently, but still mate

Even though eastern and western monarch butterflies have different styles of migration, they're genetically the same, researchers report.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~9 min

Lockdown: Label showing plants safe for bees and butterflies

People enhancing their gardens during lockdown may not realise some plants have insecticides.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 8, 2020 ~2 min

Team cracks butterfly wing color mystery

Butterflies and bubbles can both produce irridescent colors. New research digs into how certain butterflies can create a rainbow of wing colors.

National Science Foundation • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~3 min