Insects (including Butterflies) News
July 4, 2023

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New A.I. System Can Decode Fruit Fly Behaviors: Why That's 'Pivotal' for Future Human Genetics Research

For more than a century, scientists have used fruit flies' simple genome and short lifespan to decode mysteries of genetic inheritance. Now a new machine-learning system can track fruit flies and interpret different ...

Immune-Boosting Therapy Helps Honey Bees Resist Deadly Viruses

Scientists have successfully tested a novel way of boosting honey bees' immune systems to help them fend off deadly viruses, which have contributed to the major losses of the critical pollinator ...

Early Birds of the Future: Earlier, but Still Too Late?

Birds need to adapt to climate change, but evolution is a slow process. Model species such as the great tit are an indispensable yardstick for our ability to predict the impact of climate change on nature. Using innovative methods, a team from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) took a ...

Squash Bugs Are Attracted to and Eat Each Other's Poop to Stock Their Microbiome

Squash bugs, a common and difficult-to-control agricultural pest, need healthy bacteria in their gut to grow and stay alive. However, they do not acquire any bacteria from their parents when they are first born, leaving them vulnerable until their ...

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Electrical Synapses in the Neural Network of Insects Found to Have Unexpected Role in Controlling Flight Power

一组实验神经生物学家和系统结构ical biologists has managed to solve a mystery that has been baffling scientists for decades. They have been able to determine the nature of the ...

Weather Anomalies Are Keeping Insects Active Longer

Extreme weather events have affected moth and butterfly activity more than the average increase in global temperature over the last several ...

Human Factors Affect Bees' Communication

人类有可能减少的影响effectivity of communication in bees adding further stress to struggling colonies, according to new ...

Saving Moths May Be Just as Important as Saving the Bees

Night-time pollinators such as moths may visit just as many plants as bees, and should also be the focus of conservation and protection efforts, a new study ...

Honey Bee Colony Aggression Linked to Gene Regulatory Networks

In honey bees, the role a bee plays in the colony changes as they age. Younger bees perform duties inside the hive, such as nursing and wax building, while older bees transition to roles outside of ...

Desert Ant Increase the Visibility of Their Nest Entrances in the Absence of Landmarks

Researchers report that in the absence of visible landmarks, desert ants increase the likelihood that foraging nest mates will find their way home quickly and safely by elevating their nest entrance. ...

Weevils, Long-Nosed Beetles, Are Unsung Heroes of Pollination

Some of nature's most diverse pollinators often go unnoticed, even by scientists: long-snouted beetles called weevils. A new study provides a deep dive into the more than 600 species of weevils, ...

How Sweet It Is: The Fruit Fly Gut Influences Reproduction by 'Tasting' Fructose

A research group has found that in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), circulating fructose derived from dietary sugar is needed for enhanced egg production after mating. In this species, ...

Researchers Build Bee Robot That Can Twist

A robotic bee that can fly fully in all directions has been developed. With four wings made out of carbon fiber and mylar as well as four light-weight actuators to control each wing, the Bee++ ...

Identifying the Bee's Knees of Bumble Bee Diets

A new study has identified the bee's knees of bumble bee dietary options in Ohio and the Upper Midwest. By viewing almost 23,000 bumble bee-flower interactions over two years, researchers found ...

New Insights Into the Complex Neurochemistry of Ants

Ants' brains are amazingly sophisticated organs that enable them to coordinate complex behavior patterns such as the organization of colonies. Now, researchers have developed a method that ...


Puppeteer Fungus' Targeted Takeover of 'Zombie' Flies

Researchers reveal the molecular and cellular underpinnings behind the parasitic fungus, Entomophthora muscae's (E. muscae), ability to manipulate the behavior of fruit ...

Is It an Ant? Is It a Plant? No, It's a Spider!

A species of tiny, colorful jumping spider employs two lines of defense to avoid being eaten: camouflaging with plants and walking like an ant. Researchers report that this combination of camouflage ...

Study Finds Carrying Pollen Heats Up Bumble Bees, Raises New Climate Change Questions

A new study finds carrying pollen is a workout that significantly increases the body temperature of bumble bees. This new understanding of active bumble bee body temperatures raises questions about ...

Butterflies on the Decline

Research shows that the numbers of butterflies in meadows and pastures of Europe are in a continuous decline. Grassland butterflies will soon play an even greater role in EU nature conservation ...

How Superbug A. Baumannii Survives Metal Stress and Resists Antibiotics

The deadly hospital pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii can live for a year on a hospital wall without food and water. Then, when it infects a vulnerable patient, it resists antibiotics as well as the ...

We Now Know Exactly What Happens in Nature When We Fell Forests

Deforestation is the biggest threat to the planet's ecosystems, and new research has now mapped out exactly what happens when agriculture replaces ...

Butterfly Tree of Life Reveals an Origin in North America

Scientists have discovered where butterflies originated and which plants the first butterflies relied on for food. To reach these conclusions, researchers created the world's largest butterfly ...

A Jumping Conclusion: Fossil Insect ID'd as New Genus, Species of Prodigious Leaper, the Froghopper

A fossil arthropod entombed in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber has been identified as a new genus and species of froghopper, known today as an insect with prodigious leaping ability in adulthood ...

Preserving Pine Forests by Understanding Beetle Flight

Researchers study the flight performance of the mountain pine beetle from a fluid mechanics and an entomological perspective. Understanding these aspects of the insect's flight could improve ...

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