Hunting elephants is really bad for termites

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as a threat but losing herbivores to hunting may cause even more problems for them.

Jeff Falk-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment africa conservation ecosystems insects rainforests termites

4 ways to keep your lights from harming insects

Light pollution negatively affects thousands of species: beetles, moths, wasps, and other insects. Here's how to minimize the harm from your bulbs.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation insects light pollution sustainability

Beetle in amber pollinated flowers 99M years ago

A drop of fossilized amber from a mine in northern Myanmar contains not just a beetle but also 62 grains of pollen still clinging to its legs.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology beetles flowers fossils insects new-species plants pollen pollinators

Tiny pest-eaters benefit from smaller farm fields

"...natural enemies can be more abundant when agricultural landscapes are made up of smaller farm fields." Natural enemies mean fewer pests eating crops.

U. Michigan | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture ecosystems insects pests shapes spiders

How flies stick a landing upside down could inspire new robots

The way insects land upside down in the blink of an eye could inspire the next generation of robots, researchers say.

Megan Lakatos-Penn State | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry flies flight insects robots

Humans are changing the genetic diversity of Earth’s animals

The loss of genetic diversity will make it harder for plant and animal populations to adapt to changing environments. Fish and insects may be most at risk.

Cynthia Lee-McGill | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment animals biodiversity fish genetic-diversity insects populations

Tool predicts which nonnative insects will go rogue

Scientists often don't know which nonnative insect will emerge as the next harmful invader. A new strategy uses evolutionary history to find out.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems insects invasive-species prediction trees

Survey gauges support for using ‘gene drives’ to fight pests

New survey results indicate more support for using limited agricultural gene drives on non-native species of insect pests.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture agriculture genetic-engineering insects

These ants keep cleaner nurseries than we do

Azteca ants are great at suppressing potentially harmful microbes in their brood chambers—the equivalent of our daycare centers.

Michelle Jewel-NC State | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology ants insects microbiomes

Invasive mosquitoes use ‘time-capsule’ eggs to move north

Asian tiger mosquitoes are pushing their geographical limits by laying eggs that don't hatch right away.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Aug. 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology eggs insects invasive-species mosquitoes temperature weather

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