The Society of Biology calls for sightings of house spiders
Each autumn the number of spiders seen indoors suddenly increases as males go on the hunt for a mate. The Society of Biology has launched a new recording scheme and is asking everyone who sees house spiders to report their sightings. The fre ...
Lowest temperature for life discovered
Scientists have pinpointed the lowest temperature at which simple life can live and grow.
Insect and river health improves after tobacco agriculture removed
(Phys.org) —New research has linked deformed insects to pesticide pollution from intensive tobacco cultivation around the Oven's River in Victoria, and found once the industry ceased operating the river's ...
Dragonflies can see by switching 'on' and 'off'
(Phys.org) —Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a novel and complex visual circuit in a dragonfly's brain that could one day help to improve vision systems for robots.
Rise in urban beekeeping may have gone too far, scientists warn
University of Sussex scientists are urging people in towns and cities keen to help the honey bee not to buy a hive but to grow bee-friendly flowers instead.
The temperature tastes just right: Scientists discover new insect temperature sensor
Call it the Goldilocks Principle—animals can survive and reproduce only if the temperature is just right. Too hot and they will overheat. Too cold and they will freeze.
Simple moss plants outperform us by gene number
At the genetic level, mosses are more complex than humans: A group of German, Belgian and Japanese scientists, coordinated by Professor Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg, Germany, published a new study where they ...
Medfly and other fruit flies entrenched in California, study concludes
Research to be published Aug. 7 in the highly respected international journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B clearly demonstrates that at least five and as many as nine species of tropical fruit flies, ...
Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests
Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix—an insect pest—and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according ...
Chanel, UCSB's corpse flower, blooms and causes a big stink
Chanel, UC Santa Barbara's corpse flower, has finally spread her odiferous wings, broadcasting a stench that smells like a cross between rotting flesh and Limburger cheese. "It's disgusting," said UCSB junior Connor Way, ...
Study shows some spiders have individualized personalities
Your small living creature shoots may benefit big science
Modern digital macro photographic equipment allows everybody to shoot marvellous pictures of very small-sized living organisms, including insects. Easy access to the internet facilitates allows the daily ...
Insect larvae turn pan-ready with home appliance Farm 432
Research evolves to face rabbit control challenge
The Western Australian Department of Agriculture's invasive species science group is asking residents to help them with their latest research into controlling growing rabbit populations.