How stick insects honed friction to grip without sticking
When they're not hanging upside down, stick insects don't need to stick. In fact, when moving upright, sticking would be a hindrance: so much extra effort required to 'unstick' again with every step.
The final nail in the Jurassic Park coffin: Next generation sequencing reveals absence of DNA in sub-fossilized insects
It is hardly possible to talk about fossil insects in amber without the 1993 movie Jurassic Park entering the debate. The idea of recreating dinosaurs by extracting DNA from insects in amber has held the ...
Research duo use X-rays and high speed camera to learn secrets of rapid wing beats of insects (w/ Video)
Study shows some spiders have individualized personalities
Insect larvae turn pan-ready with home appliance Farm 432
Researchers evaluate mosquitoes' ability to float on water in order to potentially design aquatic robots
Small semi-aqueous arthropods, such as mosquitoes and water striders, are free to go about their waterborne business thanks to their unique leg-based adaptations, which repel water and allow them to float ...
Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink
In a high carbon dioxide world, the trees would come out ahead. Except for the munching bugs. A new study published today in Nature Plants shows that hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of for ...
Researchers confirm that neonicotinoid insecticides impair bee's brains
Research at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee has confirmed that levels of neonicotinoid insecticides accepted to exist in agriculture cause both impairment of bumblebees' brain cells and subsequent ...
Biologists find tropical wasps attack intruders with unfamiliar faces
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with the University of Florence, have discovered that a species of tropical wasps can memorize the faces of members of their colony and will ...
Scientists reveal global patterns of specialized feeding in insect herbivores
Insects are picky eaters, and not the voracious eat-everything-in-sight bingers that devour all the plants in your garden.
Arthropod 'family tree' gets bigger through evolution studies
Would you be just as comfortable nibbling on a cricket or cockroach as you would be eating a crab?
Picking up on the smell of evolution
UA researchers have discovered some of the changes in genes, physiology and behavior that enable a species to drastically change its lifestyle in the course of evolution.
Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects
Each year millions of deaths result from diseases transmitted by insects. Insects are also responsible for major economic losses, worth billions of dollars annually, by damaging crops and stored agricultural products.
Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control
Strategies for delaying insect resistance to transgenic crops rely on assumptions that often are overly optimistic, a new study led by UA scientists shows. Published as an advance online publication by the ...