Low oxygen triggers moth molt
A new explanation for one of nature's most mysterious processes, the transformation of caterpillars into moths or butterflies, might best be described as breathless.
Termites' digestive system could act as biofuel refinery
One of the peskiest household pests, while disastrous to homes, could prove to be a boon for cars, according to a Purdue University study.
GoQBot: Caterpillars inspire new movements in soft robots (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers have been examining the diverse behaviours of caterpillars to find solutions for the new generation of search and rescue soft robots.
Caterpillars aren't so bird brained after all
(PhysOrg.com) -- Caterpillars that masquerade as twigs to avoid becoming a bird's dinner are actually using clever behavioural strategies to outwit their predators, according to a new study.
When it's cool, female butterflies chase males in sex role reversal
If you want to be surrounded by females on the prowl, it pays to be cool, at least if you are a male butterfly.
Ritualized 'talking' in caterpillars evolved from walking (w/ Video)
Lost World Found in Papua New Guinea Volcano
Research on viral origins suggests new definition of virus may be needed
(PhysOrg.com) -- The strange interaction of a parasitic wasp, the caterpillar in which it lays its eggs and a virus that helps it overcome the caterpillar’s immune defenses has some scientists rethinking ...
Researchers use CT scanners to watch living pupae develop into butterflies inside chrysalis
Large-scale edible insect farming needed to ensure global food security
The large-scale production of edible insects is unavoidable in order to continue feeding the ever-increasing global population and providing them with enough animal protein. Insect farming can be compared ...
Climate change disrupts songbird's timing without impacting population size (yet)
Songbird populations can handle far more disrupting climate change than expected. Density-dependent processes are buying them time for their battle. But without (slow) evolutionary rescue it will not save ...
Discovered: A mammal and bug food co-op in the High Arctic
University of Alberta researchers were certainly surprised when they discovered the unusual response of pikas to patches of vegetation that had previously been grazed on by caterpillars from a species normally found in the ...
British birds may be learning to use invasive wasps as key food source, research suggests
Biologists have found that blue tits, great tits and other native birds have learnt to peck away the tips of the galls formed by invading oak gall wasps and eat the juicy larvae inside, which are rich in ...
The hungry caterpillar: Beware your enemy's enemy's enemy
When herbivores such as caterpillars feed, plants may "call for help" by emitting volatiles, which can indirectly help defend the plants. The volatiles recruit parasitoids that infect, consume and kill the ...