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.
Study finds introduced mosquito species active all year round
Australia has plenty of 'home grown' mosquitoes but one introduced species is active all year round, according to a three-year study by University of Sydney researchers.
Research leads to affordable technology to fight mosquito-borne diseases
Technology that hampers mosquitoes' host-seeking behavior, identified at the University of California, Riverside in 2011, has led to the development of the world's first product that blocks mosquitoes' ability ...
Second door discovered in war against mosquito-borne diseases
(Phys.org) —In the global war against disease-carrying mosquitoes, scientists have long believed that a single molecular door was the key target for insecticide. This door, however, is closing, giving mosquitoes ...
Mutant mosquitoes lose their appetite for humans
(Phys.org) —What draws a mosquito to bite its host has long been studied from the perspective of the victim—uncovering which smells and chemicals lure the insect in. But researchers at Rockefeller's Laboratory ...
Flood impact on mosquitoes unclear, according to entomologist
Recent flooding throughout the state might give mosquito populations a boost. But, then again, it might not.
Stinky feet may lead to better malaria traps
For decades, health officials have battled malaria with insecticides, bed nets and drugs. Now, scientists say there might be a potent new tool to fight the deadly mosquito-borne disease: the stench of human ...
Study highlights risk of mosquito borne illnesses to captive orca
Scientists find chemical that causes 'kidney' failure in mosquitoes
An Ohio State University researcher and his collaborators have discovered a chemical that causes "kidney" failure in mosquitoes, which may pave the way to the development of new insecticides to fight deadly mosquito-transmitted ...
Genetic engineering alters mosquitoes' sense of smell
In one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have altered the way the insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans ...
Researchers working to develop insecticide to target malaria-carrying mosquitoes
(Phys.org) —In malaria-ridden parts of Africa, mosquito netting protects people from being infected while they sleep; now, a University of Florida entomologist wants to improve the netting by coating it with insecticide ...
Ants and carnivorous plants conspire for mutualistic feeding
An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients, according to research published May 22 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathias Scharmann and co ...
Mosquito behavior may be immune response, not parasite manipulation
Malaria-carrying mosquitos appear to be manipulated by the parasites they carry, but this manipulation may simply be part of the mosquitos' immune response, according to Penn State entomologists.
Slow pokes: Acupuncture helps hypothermic turtles
Two endangered sea turtles that are shells of their former selves after getting stranded on Cape Cod during a cold spell are getting some help easing back into the wild—from an acupuncturist.