Effort clarifies major branch of insect tree of life

The insects known as Hemiptera are not a particularly glamorous bunch. This group includes stink bugs, bed bugs, litter bugs, scale insects and aphids. Their closest relatives are thrips, bark lice and parasitic lice. But ...

200-million-year-old insect color revealed by fossil scales

Can researchers determine the color of a 200-million-year-old insect? Scientists from China, Germany and the U.K. have new evidence that reveals the true color of fossil insects. The research was recently published in Science ...

Insects took off when they evolved wings

The evolution of wings not only allowed ancient insects to become the first creatures on Earth to take to the skies, but also propelled their rise to become one of nature's great success stories, according to a new study.

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