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Keep the Hives Alive Tour kicks off

A new campaign, focused on protecting bees in the U.S., has been launched. Called ‘Keep the Hives Alive Tour’, the June 2016 initiative is focused raising awareness about the plight of mass bee die-offs and other pollinators.

Female honeybees ‘doing it’ without males

Cape Town - Researchers have discovered an isolated population of honeybees in South Africa that appear capable to asexual reproduction. To get to the bottom of this, the genomes of the bees have been sequenced and with it the mystery is revealed.

Essential Science: Robot insects powered by static electricity

Harvard - Scientists are examining tiny robotic insects in a quest to find new ways to power robotic devices. The basis of the research is to improve the efficiency for search and rescue operations.

Are bedbugs becoming more resistant?

Sydney - In alarming news for those with an aversion to bedbugs, the insects appear to be adapting to insecticides by developing thicker skins, according to new research.

Robotic insects developed for search-locate missions

Giant cyborg beetles could soon be flying around your local town center, should a new scientific study become a commercial reality.

Crickets, anyone? This pasta-maker's noodles are a hit

One artisan pasta-maker in northeastern France is happily struggling to meet the growing demand for her product after adding crunchy, protein-rich insects to her noodles.

Are insects better than Italian cuisine? Some people think so

Italian cuisine is often regarded as the most delicious in the world. However, it seems even Italians started accepting the idea of putting insects on their plates.

Video shows what a wasp sees as it heads home

An interesting new video shows what wasp sees as it finds its way home. The footage provides a fascinating insight into the head of a wasp.

Scientists prove drugs can alter personality permanently

By altering parts of the DNA of ants using drugs injected directly into their brain, scientists have shown that fundamental changes can be made which could lead to uses within humans to improve memory and learning.

Amazing display of ant behavior as body-bridge is formed

Ants are clever and tenacious creatures. The building of bridges by ants has been well documented. Ants using their own bodies as bridges is a relatively new discovery. A new video illustrates this unusual behavior.

Smartphone apps used to hunt for cicada

Poole - By using a special smartphone app, a scientist has detected the first indication of a cicada in the U.K. in 15 years. So far, the indication is just the sound of the insect. A sighting remains tantalizingly close.

Britain's best-loved insect revealed

London - To mark the end of biology week in the U.K., and after several rounds of intense voting, the most popular insect in the U.K. has been revealed: the buff-tailed bumblebee.

Study highlights importance of bats for rare frog, other species

Knoxville - A tiny and rare species of frog living in remote, hidden caves in the heavily forested mountains near Russia and Georgia depends on bats for its survival, according to a recent study.

Captive female snake without male companion gives birth – again

Cape Girardeau - For the second year in a row, a captive female snake in southern Missouri has given birth even though she hasn't been anywhere near a male snake for eight years. The yellow–bellied water snake gave birth in 2014, and then did it again this summer.

Why insects are the most successful creatures ever

Ever wondered why insects are the most successful creatures on the planet? The answer comes down to a newly discovered subfamily of molecular channels. These have given insects a survival advantage.

Strange and new, twisted parasitoid wasp species found

Researchers found two new types of parasitoid wasps with stand-out body features in the the Swiss Alps and Swiss Central Plateau. The discovery came about by chance.

New video advises on how to deal with bug bites

Many insects bites are harmless. However, some can be harmful, especially with people who suffer from allergies. A new video from the American Academy of Dermatology provides some handy advice ready for the summer.

Scientists analyze 500-million-year-old brains of 'sea monsters'

Scuttling around in their Cambrian world over 500 million years ago, two species of hard-shelled, primitive arthropods could have no idea that they would help scientists to better understand how modern arthropods like lobsters and scorpions evolved.

Genetic variety of the bumblebee mapped for first time

New research has examined the genome of two different species of bumblebee. The bees play an important role in pollination and are commercially important. The study reveals insights into the ecology of the bee.

Bees are drawn to pesticides, triggering risk of death

A study shows bees prefer food laced with pesticides. Further research adds to the evidence that such chemicals are harmful to some pollinators.

Why do some people attract mosquitoes more than others?

Been sitting outside with a group and wondered why some people are bitten more often than others by mosquitoes? The answer lies in the genes, resulting in some people being ‘super magnets’ for the buzzing nuisances.

Good news for British butterflies

Warmer weather in 2014 has led to an increase the numbers of certain butterflies in the U.K. This includes the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary.

How bedbugs have sex safely

According to a new study, the spongy undersides of female bedbugs protect the insects from painful intercourse. This answers the conundrum as to how the insects reproduce.

Cockroaches show conformity in numbers

Brussels - According to a new study, individual cockroaches can be shy or bold. However, they alter their behavior to fit in with a group.

How scientists are using LEGO to handle fragile insects

London - Living insects are fragile creatures and dead ones are even more so, especially if a century or two has passed and they are part of a museum collection. This can pose a big problem for scientists who are trying to study the leggy creatures.

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.
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Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
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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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(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.
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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.
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.
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.
The newly discovered Brazilian insect species neotrogla aurora has its sexual genitalia reversed bet...
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.
Permission Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al.
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.
Fried Crickets - Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Fried Crickets - Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
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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
A closeup of one of the dollar bill insects
A closeup of one of the dollar bill insects
A tarantula
A tarantula
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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.
At about $6.60 a half-pound  insect flour pasta is atking off in France.
At about $6.60 a half-pound, insect flour pasta is atking off in France.
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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.
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.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
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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