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Insects News

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.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 3 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 3 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Kyle Ashmead - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Jeff Campagna - 3 comments

FDA approves insect-based flu vaccine

Silver Spring - The U.S. FDA have approved a new kind of flu vaccine. This is the first flu vaccine that is not grown in eggs, meaning people with egg allergies can receive it. The vaccine is insect-based.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Toronto artist makes 'Cycle Critters' out of recycled bike parts Special

Toronto - It started with two kickstands. Toronto sculptor Mike Schram looked at those simple discarded bike parts and decided to craft a new piece of art, making a small bird. Now his passion has led him to sculpt 70 so-called Cycle Critters.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg - 1 comment

FDA find insects in medicine production area

An inspection by the U.S. FDA has found leaking ceilings and insects inside a pharma facility used for the manufacture of medicines.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Food of the future, insects and fake food

Due to increasing food prices and a growing population, food of the future needs to reflect what people can afford. Therefore, meat may become a luxury and the probability of people eating bugs will increase.
In the Media by Melissa Horrocks - 5 comments
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(Normal red flour beetle (  Tribolium castaneum  ) (about 1/8-inch long) with black eyes.
Photo byWikimedia/ Peggy Greb for the USDA
(Normal red flour beetle (''Tribolium castaneum'') (about 1/8-inch long) with black eyes.
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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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Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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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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The newly discovered Brazilian insect species neotrogla aurora has its sexual genitalia reversed bet...
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The newly discovered Brazilian insect species neotrogla aurora has its sexual genitalia reversed between male and female. This image shows the female's spiky penis.
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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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Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
Elena P. Ivanova
Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
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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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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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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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Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Via Reinshtein.com
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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It s not a bug... it s a beetle!!
Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez
It's not a bug... it's a beetle!!
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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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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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Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Via Reinshtein.com
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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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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A tarantula
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A tarantula
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Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
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