Far from powerless: Ant larvae cannibalize eggs, are influenced by relatedness and sex
To the casual observer, the colonies of social insects like bees and ants appear to be harmonious societies where individuals work together for the common good. But appearances can be deceiving.
Cannibalism may contribute to the successful invasion by harlequin ladybirds of new habitats
INRA research scientists, working in collaboration with European and Russian scientists, have studied the cannibalistic behaviour of native and invasive populations of the Harmonia axyridis ladybird. Their findings suggest ...
From monogamous termites to male-eating spiders, an ecologist explains
The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which James Gilbert, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, explained weird and stunning insect reproductive strategies. ...
Personality determines whether tarantulas copulate with males or cannibalize them
Sexual cannibalism in spiders – the attack and consumption of males by females before or after copulation – is very widespread. A new investigation analyses the reason behind such extreme behaviour, at ...
Researchers find mother beetles eat young that beg too much
New website will help farmers ensure hens maintain good feather cover
Hen pecking is a serious animal welfare concern and can cause great economic losses for the farmer and the egg-production industry as a whole. A new website has been launched to help make sure laying hens ...
Do parasites upset food web theory?
Parasites comprise a large proportion of the diversity of species in every ecosystem. Despite this, they are rarely included in analyses or models of food webs. If parasites play different roles from other ...
Reversal of the black widow myth
The Black Widow spider gets its name from the popular belief that female spiders eat their male suitors after mating. However, a new study has shown that the tendency to consume a potential mate is also true of some types ...
Female animals portrayed as 'femme fatales' by researchers
Female animals are unfairly sexually stereotyped by researchers, according to experts at the University of St Andrews.
Researchers find gender bias in sexual cannibalism papers
NYC cannibal case tests lines of fantasy, threat
(AP)—In Internet chats as breezy as they were bizarre, a New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap and eat as many as 100 women was once cautioned not to be wasteful when cooking a victim ...
From solo to sociable—how locusts try to avoid cannibalism
(Phys.org)—When people think of locusts they are likely to picture the swarms which affect the lives of one in ten people in the world through their harmful impact on agriculture.
Male snails babysit for other dads
(Phys.org)—Pity the male of the marine whelk, Solenosteira macrospira. He does all the work of raising the young, from egg-laying to hatching—even though few of the baby snails are his own.
Scientists find 'man's remotest relative' in lake sludge
After two decades of examining a microscopic algae-eater that lives in a lake in Norway, scientists on Thursday declared it to be one of the world's oldest living organisms and man's remotest relative.