Chemicals banned in the EU were recently granted an exemption for limited use in the UK.
Jan. 21, 2021 • ~6 min
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Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US
The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium.
Jan. 21, 2021 • ~5 min
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For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.
Jan. 20, 2021 • ~6 min
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Researchers have identified a new species of praying mantis after discovering imprints of its fossilized wings in present-day Quebec.
Jan. 19, 2021 • ~6 min
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"Termites are mostly misunderstood," says entomologist Thomas Chouvenc. Tracing their evolution shows they do more than eat wood and destroy homes.
Jan. 15, 2021 • ~7 min
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The invasive pink bollworm has inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage annually. Biotech cotton and sterile moths helped eradicate it in the US.
Dec. 22, 2020 • ~7 min
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New research looks at what could happen to plant communities on alpine grasslands if grasshoppers from lower elevations settled there.
Dec. 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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Insects, like mealworms and grasshoppers, are a sustainable, climate-friendly food source. But for kids at least, grasshoppers fail the "yuck test."
Dec. 21, 2020 • ~5 min
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