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

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

Tags: conservation insects plants butterflies earth-and-environment

‘Cyborg’ locusts could sniff out bombs

"People use pigs for finding truffles. It's a similar approach—using a biological organism—this is just a bit more sophisticated."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects smell senses locusts featured science-and-technology explosives

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

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

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

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

Slow touches make Venus flytraps snap shut

Venus flytraps can not only snap shut when a fly or spider tickles their hairs, but also when slower prey trigger them, research finds.

U. Zurich • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects plants touch science-and-technology predators

Models that mimic bug brains shed light on smell

Researchers have created a model of the brain that may clarify how the sense of smell actually works. It also mirrors insect brains.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: insects brains senses science-and-technology smells

Invasive ticks are spreading without any males

All the adult Asian longhorned ticks found in the United States so far have been female. Here's why.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects genes invasive-species ticks parasites earth-and-environment

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