'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose

The Asian giant hornets can wipe out a colony of honeybees in hours.

Oct. 25, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: insects bees united-states washington

Secrets of the 'uncrushable' beetle revealed

How a tiny insect with super-tough body armour can survive being stamped on or run over by a car.

Oct. 21, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: insects

Beetle that can survive a car tire may inspire tough materials

Getting run over by a car isn't a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How it survives could lead to materials with the same toughness.

Amy Patterson Neubert-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects materials-science biomimicry science-and-technology

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

Tags: conservation insects plants butterflies earth-and-environment flowers

Cricket ‘singing’ has been the same for 300 million years

Crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers have been singing the same tune for more than 300 million years, a new study shows.

Adam Russell-TAMU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils communication sound science-and-technology

Backpack-toting moths can drop sensors where people can’t

Tiny sensors that weigh less than jellybeans and ride on the back of moths may help researchers study places too dangerous for people to get to.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects sensors drones moths science-and-technology

Some bees are born curious while others are more single-minded – new research hints at how the hive picks which flowers to feast on

New research suggests individual bees are born with one of two learning styles – either curious or focused. Their genetic tendency has implications for how the hive works together.

Chelsea Cook, Assistant Professor in Biology, Marquette University • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics insects bees biology food colonies communication group-dynamics drones queen-bees information curiosity foraging nectar

These leaf droplets are great food for insects

Tiny droplets on the edges of blueberry bush leaves offer beneficial insects more than a drink, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation insects plants wasps ecosystems earth-and-environment

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

Tags: conservation insects migration wildlife-conservation pollinators trump-administration endangered-species habitat butterflies endangered-species-act

New ‘soft’ tick shows up on New Jersey bats

The "soft" tick C. kelleyi parasitizes bats. Its appearance in New Jersey may signal risks to people, pets, and livestock.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects bats ticks parasites health-and-medicine

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