This beetle uses eggs as shields against wasps
(PhysOrg.com) -- New University of Arizona research has discovered that seed beetles from the desert Southwest shelter their broods from attacking parasitic wasps under a stack of dummy eggs.
Papuan weevil has screw-in legs
How beetles hack into ant colonies
Pretending to be one of them, ant-nest beetles trick ants to rear their brood—and then reward their hosts by devouring them. UA entomologists have discovered that the beetles evolve at an astonishing rate.
Flowering plants revolutionised life on Earth
New evidence from liverworts and beetles shows how the rise of flowering plants 100 million years ago created ideal conditions for a boom in terrestrial life.
Far from random, evolution follows a predictable genetic pattern, researchers find
Evolution, often perceived as a series of random changes, might in fact be driven by a simple and repeated genetic solution to an environmental pressure that a broad range of specieshappen to share, according ...
Asian Long-Horned Beetle eradicated from Canada
Canada has eradicated the destructive Asian Long-Horned Beetle first detected in the Toronto area a decade ago after hitching a ride across the Pacific in wood packaging materials.
Why sticking around is sometimes the better choice for males
Researchers from Lund University and the University of Oxford have been able to provide one answer as to why males in many species still provide paternal care, even when their offspring may not belong to ...
Ecosystems change long before species are lost
(Phys.org) —Communities in nature are likely to be a lot more sensitive to change than previously thought, according to a new study at Rice University.
Asian lady beetles use biological weapons against their European relatives
Once introduced for biological pest control, Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis populations have been increasing uncontrollably in the US and Europe since the turn of the millennium. The species has been p ...
A living species of aquatic beetle found in 20-million-year-old sediments
The fossil beetle discovered in the 16-23 million years old sediments of the Irtysh River in southern Siberia belongs to the modern species Helophorus sibiricus, a member of the water scavenger beetles (Hydro ...
Walking in the footsteps of 19th and 20th century naturalists
Are plant-pollinator networks holding together as the insects and plants in the network are jostled by climate change and habitat loss?
Researchers seek to explain why there are so few land dwelling bioluminescent species
Evolution predictable for insects eating toxic plants
(Phys.org) -- The famous biologist Stephen J. Gould once asked: If we rerun the tape of life, would the outcome of evolution be the same? For years, scientists have questioned whether evolution is predictable, ...
2001-2002 drought helped propel mountain pine beetle epidemic, study finds
A new University of Colorado Boulder study shows for the first time that episodes of reduced precipitation in the southern Rocky Mountains, especially during the 2001-02 drought, greatly accelerated development ...