Would you eat lab-grown insect meat?
These cave insects have reversed sexual organs. Now, scientists have learned more about this fascinating quirk of nature.
Intelligent behavior emerging from a group of relatively unintelligent organisms.
Marsbees could cover a lot more ground on the Red Planet than sluggish rovers.
Delicious and nutritious. Would you like a loaf?
We’re responsible and it’s up to us to clean up the mess.
I spy, with my little thousand eyes…
A heartwarming story of two brilliant and passionate researchers.
OK, just put some extra garlic on it.
Always go for a meal before you fossilize.
After leaving its exoskeleton behind, the insect narrowly avoided amber entombment.
Why build some tech from scratch when nature did all the dirty work for you over millions of years of evolution?
Insects are among the best disguise artists in the world, and new findings suggest they always have been.
Harvard roboticists made an insect-like flying robot that perches on ceilings to save energy, like bats, birds or butterflies.
Discovered in ancient lake deposits in northeastern China and eastern Kazakhstan, this ancient insect looks and exhibits behavior closely mimicking the modern butterfly. The Jurassic age insect entered the fossil record 165 million years ago, while butterflies as we know them first appeared 80 to 90 million years ago. Though these are set apart by many millions of years, researchers found numerous morphological and ecological features in these two, unrelated clades.
Our houses are teeming with tiny insects, but have no fear – not only are they harmless, they might help us.
Three different ways to breathe: Mammals, birds and insects breathe in different ways, as exemplified above. Humans, as mammals, inhale by moving the diaphragm to lower the air pressure in the chest cavity and pull air into the lungs. The human chest cavity is always at a lower pressure than the outside environment. Birds on the other hand, have air
Praying mantises are peculiar creatures, by human standards. The insect often stands in a pose that looks like it is praying, but make no mistake – it’s a formidable killer and an unforgiving lover. The unholy mantis uses its spiky front legs with great accuracy to ledge unto prey, but also to hold onto its male lover after mating to chop of his head. Ouch! A less known aspect of praying mantises is their agility. The insects make extremely calculated leaps and controlled landings, all in the blink of an aye. Now, a team from University of Cambridge and University of Bristol, UK, have found out how they manage their acrobatic feats. In short, it’s a complex interplay between the counter-rotation of three body parts to exchange momentum. This orients the insect towards its target with great precision.
Keeping insects at bay is more than eliminating a simple nuisance – in many some parts of the world, it’s vital. Malaria, an infectious mosquito-borne disease kilss over 500,000 people every year, and the disease could be kept under control if the mosquito population was kept under control; this is where this study steps in.
Fungus gnats (Bradysia species) – also known as dark-winged fungus gnats, are small, mosquito-like insects often found in homes and offices, usually in the vicinity of houseplants. The larvae that hatch are legless, with white or transparent bodies and shiny black heads. From the first glimpse you’ll notice they’re not the prettiest sight, but what they lack in looks, they make up in cleverness.