Age matters: Young larvae boost pollen foraging in honey bees
Toddlers and tweens have very different needs, which influence how parents provide for them. The same is true in honey bees, but instead of communicating their needs via language, honey bee larvae emit chemical ...
Tilapias use urine to attract females
How many of us have seen, much to its owner consternation, a misguided pet urinating at the corner of a room marking its territory to repel rivals and attract females? Well, apparently fish do the same.
Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates
(Phys.org) —The way in which male moths locate females flying hundreds of meters away has long been a mystery to scientists.
Researchers identify a pheromone in the urine of male tilapia fish that stimulates spawning in females
The exchange of chemical signals between organisms is considered the oldest form of communication. Acting as messenger molecules, pheromones regulate social interactions between conspecifics, for example, ...
It takes two to court: Researchers identify functions of two classes of mouse pheromone receptors
Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have identified the functions of two classes of pheromone receptors, and found pheromones crucial to triggering the mating process in mice.
Sniffing out a partner at a London pheromone party
In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags. But there are no drugs inside—just slightly smelly T-shirts.
On the trail of fire ant pheromones
The painful sting of the red imported fire ant is not easily forgotten. Delivered in large numbers, the stings can kill small animals. Humans that develop hypersensitivity to the ants' venom are at risk as ...
Male goat essence really turns the females on
Anyone who has ever spent time around goats knows they have a certain smell. By carefully analyzing eau de male goat, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on February 27 have n ...
Researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone
A collaborative experiment involving a Kansas State University biochemist may mark the beginning of an effective, environmentally friendly plant-based method of insect control.
Asian longhorned beetles pheromone could be used to manage pest
(Phys.org) —Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development ...
How to get ants to solve a chess problem
Take a set of chess pieces and throw them all away except for one knight. Place the knight on any one of the 64 squares of a chess board.
Research shows copepods use pheromones to find mates
Single class of queen pheromones stops worker reproduction in ants, bees and wasps
A new study by a team of KU Leuven and international researchers has found that the chemical structure of queen pheromones in wasps, ants and some bees is strikingly similar, even though these insects are separated by millions ...