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Europe hit by toxic caterpillar scourge

Several parts of Europe are trying to deal with infestations of oak processionary caterpillars. These caterpillars can be dangerous to people, triggering allergic reactions and skin irritation.

Insect apocalypse: German bug watchers sound alarm

Krefeld - For almost 30 years they passed as quirky eccentrics, diligently setting up their insect traps in the Rhine countryside to collect tens of millions of bugs and creepy crawlers.

U.S. beekeepers have lost over 40 percent of colonies

U.S. beekeepers have lost over 40 percent of colonies following the highest winter losses ever recorded. These figures add further to the decline in bee populations and the economic significance of a loss of pollinators for agriculture.

Would cockroaches really survive a nuclear apocalypse?

It’s one of those commonly accepted 'facts' – that ants and cockroaches would be the only life-forms to survive a nuclear apocalypse. But how true is this? Australian researchers think they have the answer.

Decline in insect numbers may have catastrophic effect on planet

A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40 percent of species are undergoing dramatic rates of decline around the world, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems."

Micro sensor package can ride aboard bees

Washington - Assessing the state of agricultural environments can be assessed using drones, which provide the big picture. What about more sensitive evaluations? The answer is to fit sensors to bees. The technology is a "living IoT".

Climate driven crash in insect populations decimating food web

In the past 40 years, there has been a staggering decline, as much as 60 percent, in the biomass of arthropods – invertebrate animals such as insects, millipedes, and sowbugs in the tropical forests of northeastern Puerto Rico.

Canadian student successfully maps mosquito spread

Winipeg - A graduate student has helped in a local area’s battle against mosquitoes. Martine Balcaen has come up with a method to track mosquitoes around Winnipeg.

Gourmet grub: Thai fine-diners explore insect cuisine

Bangkok - At a hip Bangkok diner, foodies with an adventurous palate tuck into a bug-based menu that includes watermelon salad sprinkled in bamboo worms, nachos with silkworm cherry tomato salsa and pasta made from ground crickets.

Laboratory tests link deaths in Bangladesh to pesticides

Analytical testing has linked a rise in sudden deaths of children in Bangladesh to chemicals sprayed onto local fruit trees. One of the potent insecticides used is banned in 80 other countries.

Nanoscience of the invisible butterfly revealed

Fribourg - The Mexican butterfly is able to make itself invisible to predators. Biologists have known that this has something to do with wing color, but the precise mechanism has always been uncertain.

Bugs for dinner? New Aussie food trend has legs (and wings)

Sydney - With a twist of lime and a dash of salt Sydney chef Nowshad Alam Rasel flavours a hot pan full of crickets, tossing them over a flaming stove.

Bugs for dinner? New Aussie food trend has legs (and wings)

Sydney - With a twist of lime and a dash of salt Sydney chef Nowshad Alam Rasel flavours a hot pan full of crickets, tossing them over a flaming stove.

Bugs for dinner? New Aussie food trend has legs (and wings)

Sydney - With a twist of lime and a dash of salt Sydney chef Nowshad Alam Rasel flavours a hot pan full of crickets, tossing them over a flaming stove.

Global spider community eats 4-800 MN tons of insects annually

While some squeamish folks may disagree, it is true that spiders are an essential part of the environment. They are also one of the world's top predators, consuming 400 to 800 million tons of insects annually.

Honduras manages to stall pine-munching bugs' march

Siguatepeque - Over the past three years, Honduras has lost a quarter of its pine forests to a plague of bark-munching beetles.Now though, after a long campaign that saw soldiers wielding chainsaws to contain the bug invasion, a little green is growing back.

Food made from mealworms could address world hunger

Is the answer to global hunger and issues of food scarcity consuming insects? If so, can insects be turned into food, through processing, that is recognizable today? One food research group think so.

Global warming harms insect reproduction

Sheffield - Several studies have shown how climate change is affecting insect populations, results in death. A new study takes a different approach and shows how global warming is affecting the ability of some insects to reproduce.

Lifting the lid on arthropods found in U.S. homes

Scientists have been poking around in representative homes in the U.S. to review the number and diversity of arthropods. To aid the categorization advanced DNA techniques have been deployed.

Spiders tune their webs to signal to new partners

Oxford - Some species of spider tune their webs to different frequencies in order to catch prey and to attract partners, according to a new study.

Essential Science: New ideas for avoiding mosquito bites

Bites from mosquitoes range from the annoying to the dangerous, depending upon whether the mosquito is a vector for a dangerous virus. Mosquitoes do not bite indiscriminately, with some preferring people to other mammals.

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.
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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
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
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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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.
Fried Crickets - Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Fried Crickets - Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
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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.
(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
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.
Orb Weaving Spider. Found crawling on my arm  when I was fencing.
Orb Weaving Spider. Found crawling on my arm, when I was fencing.
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.
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A tarantula
A tarantula
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Casa Marzu  a Sardinian cheese.
Casa Marzu, a Sardinian cheese.
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