Wild bees need deadwood in the forest

How many tree species are there in the forest? How are the trees scattered throughout? How high are the individual tree crowns? Are there fallen trees or hollowed-out tree trunks? Forest scientists characterize forests according ...

Solving the great Australian poop problem

Cattle farmers deal with a lot of persistent crap—literally. And the humble dung beetle might just be the answer they've been looking for.

A fly's eye view of evolution

The fascinating compound eyes of insects consist of hundreds of individual eyes known as "facets". In the course of evolution, an enormous variety of eye sizes and shapes has emerged, often representing adaptations to different ...

Tiny treetop flowers foster incredible beetle biodiversity

Biologist have long known that rainforest treetops support a huge number of beetle species, but why these canopies are so rich in beetle diversity has remained a mystery. New research by my colleague Susan Kirmse and me shows ...

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