Air pollution could be making honey bees sick – new study

Honey bees in the most polluted parts of an Indian city were more likely to die sooner and showed clear signs of poor health.

Mark Brown, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology & Conservation, Royal Holloway • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects bees air-pollution india pollinators pollination honey-bees bangalore

Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven.

Matthew D. Moran, Professor of Biology, Hendrix College • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: biodiversity insects science extinction ecology research biodiversity-loss publication-bias scholarship

Bugs, mice, and people may share one ‘brain ancestor’

New evidence suggests that the way brains work across the animal kingdom goes back to a common source, researchers report.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution mammals insects genes brains science-and-technology neurodevelopment

Bloodthirsty tsetse flies nurse their young, one live birth at a time – understanding this unusual strategy could help fight the disease they spread

This insect's unique reproductive biology could lead to new ways to control the species in the environment – and prevent the deadly sleeping sickness it spreads to people.

Geoff Attardo, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: reproduction insects molecular-biology entomology tsetse-fly tsetse-flies milk larvae sleeping-sickness trypanosomiasis lactation african-sleeping-sickness viviparous symbiont

Old-school efforts thwart ‘billion-dollar beetles’

Some fundamental farming strategies can limit damage from western corn rootworms, research finds.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: insects agriculture genetic-engineering science-and-technology

Beetle-mounted camera streams insect adventures

Researchers have developed a tiny lightweight video camera that can be carried by a beetle.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 17, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: robotics insects

Get a bug’s eye view from a tiny ‘beetle backpack’ camera

"We have created a low-power, low-weight, wireless camera system that can capture a first-person view of what's happening from an actual live insect..."

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: insects robots vision cameras featured science-and-technology wearable-devices

Why allotments offer urban oases for bees and butterflies

Urban green spaces can be a rich habitat for diverse pollinators, if they're managed properly.

Matthew Pound, Senior lecturer in Physical Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects bees bumblebees pollination urban-wildlife honeybees urban-biodiversity

Bedbugs alter your home’s microbiome

"There is a link between the microbiome of bedbugs and the microbiome of household dust in bedbug infested homes."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria insects sleep microbiomes housing health-and-medicine

An argument for gene drive technology to genetically control populations of insects like mosquitoes and locusts

Gene drive guarantees that a trait will be passed to the next generation. But should society use this tool to control insect populations?

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  health  environment  insects  agriculture  ecology  malaria  zika  entomology  bugs  pest-control  mosquitoes  dengue  gene-drive

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