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Insects News

Brazil launches 'good mosquitoes' to fight Dengue fever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian scientists, based in Rio de Janeiro, have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.

Animals around Fukushima are still suffering

Fukushima - Animals and insects in the vicinity of Fukushima show higher rates of death and disease, according to new research. Scientists attribute these to the consumption of contaminated food.

Combating ash borers through sex appeal

Budapest - Biologists have discovered a way to kill invasive emerald ash borers using female decoys. The beetles harm ash trees, and infestations are usually difficult to detect until the symptoms become severe.

The incredible life of the African midge

Biologists have completed the genetic analysis on the African midge. The remarkable insect can survive a variety of extreme conditions. The basis of this “invulnerability” is the insect’s genes.

Largest aquatic flying insect discovered in Sichuan, China

Sichuan - Many of the largest bugs in the world have a new competitor; the Giant Dobsonfly. Townsfolk brought the creature to researchers and it is now making international news.

New way to protect maize from pathogens

Berna - Many modern crops have lost their ability to produce certain defence chemicals, making them vulnerable to attack by pathogens. Scientists are exploring ways to help protect maize by re-arming it with its ancestral chemical weapons.

White House attempts to save the bees

Washington - President Barack Obama has created a new task force to study the recent precipitous decline in the number of bees in the U.S. The new organization will also raise public awareness about the issue.

Tips for checking for signs of bedbugs Special

The U.S. is experiencing an alarming increase in the number of bedbug populations. This affects private residences, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and schools. To help manage this, dermatologist Seemal R. Desai, MD offers some tips.

Cleaning wood leads to fewer insects in Canada

Fumigating or heat treating wooden pallets and crates slows down the spread of bark- and wood-boring insect pests, such as the emerald ash borer, according to some new research.

Introducing protein powder made entirely of insects

A company by the name of BugMuscle has a protein powder that is made with just bugs, and it is the first protein powder of its kind.

Female sports penis in sex-reversed newly discovered species

Lavras - Researchers have discovered little-known cave insects in Brazil with odd sexual habits. The troglodyte species has sex-reversed genitalia, the female sporting an elaborate spiked penis that penetrates an opening like a vagina in her male consort.

Amazing video captures insects in flight

Lund - Using a new approach, researchers have capture the internal mechanics of a flying fly. The video gives a view into the inner workings of the flight muscles as a tethered fly is spun in a circle.

Student finds wasp in Cadbury's chocolate bar

Chocolate manufacturer Cadbury has launched an investigation after a picture of a wasp embedded into one of its chocolate bars was posted on Twitter.

New species of wasp discovered by Canadian scientists

Canadian researchers have found 16 new species of wasps from the Nearctic region. So far, seven of the species have been cataloged and described.

Invasive bumblebees and the decline of bees in Chile

European bumblebees introduced into Chile in the late 1990s have proved to be invasive. This has resulted in a decline in the populations of many native bees to Chile and other regions of South America.

Billbugs cause havoc to orchardgrass

Two weevil species, the bluegrass billbug and the hunting billbug, have caused widespread economic damage to orchardgrass across the U.S., according to a new report.

Cannibalistic mantis invades New Zealand

South African female praying mantises have invaded New Zealand. This has brought problems for the New Zealand males because the invasive females have a tendency to eat the males after mating.

Household tips ineffective against bed bugs

A leading insect researcher has said that many of the popular household tips for controlling or getting rid of bedbugs are ineffective.

Deadly spiders hatch in woman's banana

A woman in the United Kingdom was halfway done with a banana when she noticed some spots on the skin. It ended up being spiders.

Bees are more closely related to ants than wasps

Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, new research has concluded.

Smaller animals see the world in slow motion

Dublin - According to a new study, smaller animals such as insects and birds perceive time as if it is happening in slow motion. This allows them to quickly escape large predators.

Photo Essay: Summer buzz gives way to sticky insects Special

Coram - Fall is knocking on the door in NW Montana and winter will swiftly follow. In the final lazy days of summer, these insects are living out their final hours.

Photo Essay: Little creatures in the Savannah Botanical Gardens Special

Savannah - The fauna at the Savannah Botanical Gardens is as interesting, and beautiful in its own way, as the flora. Creatures small and great live in the gardens, including colorful dragonflies.

Photo Essay: Hidden world of insects Special

There are countless different species of insects, some are bothersome to humans, some are of benefit to us, all are a critical component of biodiversity. Pollinators such as bees and wasps are indispensable to humans.

Anti-mosquito patch attracts $164,000 in crowd-sourced funding

The Kite Mosquito Patch is billed as a safe way to keep away mosquitoes for 48 hours, and its inventors recently achieved their Indiegogo fundraising goal of $75,000 by receiving more than $164,000.

Man accidentally sets house on fire in attempt to kill bed bugs

A man set his house on fire while trying to rid his home of bed bugs. According to local police, four firefighters and the home owner were injured as a result of the fire.

Cockroaches ‘evolve’ to avoid bait traps

A trend is developing with cockroaches where the sweet poisons used in traps are becoming less effective. Scientists think that roaches have evolved taste cells that register sugar as bitter, thereby avoid taking the bait.

17-year cicada broods make their presence known in New Jersey Special

Watchung - As the unusual cold snap broke on Sunday, the 17-year cicadas made their appearance known - emerging from the ground in swelling numbers.

UN issues report recommending insects for human consumption

Responding to global hunger concerns, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is recommending the incorporation of insects into human diets.

Re-engineering mosquitoes to save millions of people per year

Mosquitoes have killed more humans than any other creature, war or plague in history, but now, scientists are making impressive headway in the fight against the disease-carrying insect.
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Bumble bees travel up to two kilometres to collect pollen and nectar from flowers. They are social i...
Bumble bees travel up to two kilometres to collect pollen and nectar from flowers. They are social insects, which live in colonies.
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Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
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Butterflies drinking from a puddle  after a summer rain. They are important pollinators.
Butterflies drinking from a puddle, after a summer rain. They are important pollinators.
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A closeup of one of the dollar bill insects
A closeup of one of the dollar bill insects
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Dragonflies are considered   one of nature s great reproductive success stories   said Corbet  a Bri...
Dragonflies are considered, "one of nature's great reproductive success stories," said Corbet, a British biologist.
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This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She...
This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She will lay her eggs and die in the fall. Her eggs will hatch in early summer next year.
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(Normal red flour beetle (  Tribolium castaneum  ) (about 1/8-inch long) with black eyes.
(Normal red flour beetle (''Tribolium castaneum'') (about 1/8-inch long) with black eyes.
Photo byWikimedia/ Peggy Greb for the USDA
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Water bowls were bombarded by yellow jackets all summer long. Several would float happily on the sur...
Water bowls were bombarded by yellow jackets all summer long. Several would float happily on the surface on the water for hours.
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Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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Depictions of what appear to be flying insects are crafted from dollar bills
Depictions of what appear to be flying insects are crafted from dollar bills
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Honey bees have gained global attention recent due to Colony collapse disorder (CCD). They are very ...
Honey bees have gained global attention recent due to Colony collapse disorder (CCD). They are very important for pollinating much of the food humans eat.
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Red ant carrying a piece of a black ant  after severing its head.
Red ant carrying a piece of a black ant, after severing its head.
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Orb Weaving Spider. Found crawling on my arm  when I was fencing.
Orb Weaving Spider. Found crawling on my arm, when I was fencing.
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A tarantula
A tarantula
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It s not a bug... it s a beetle!!
It's not a bug... it's a beetle!!
Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez
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The state butterfly of South Carolina  this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus  earns it na...
The state butterfly of South Carolina, this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus, earns it name from the stripes it bears resembling a tiger and the lower edge of the hind wing resembling a swallow's wings.
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