Predatory insects are super pest controllers. Planting flowers can help them help farmers to reduce the use of pesticides.
Jan. 25, 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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Ants have been farmers for tens of millions of years and have even solved a problem we haven't. They know how to cultivate climate-resilient crops.
Nov. 5, 2020 • ~6 min
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Researchers have discovered a new species of wasp with a role in an insect horror story playing out on the stems and leaves of oak trees.
Oct. 28, 2020 • ~10 min
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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.
Oct. 21, 2020 • ~7 min
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