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Insects are dying off at record rates - an ominous sign we're in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

INSECTS ARE DYING OFF AT RECORD RATES - AN OMINOUS SIGN WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A 6TH MASS EXTINCTION

Roughly 40% of the world's insect species are in decline, a new study shows . The die-offs are happening primarily because insects...

DNA TRACES ON WILD FLOWERS REVEAL INSECT VISITORS

Researchers have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. This newly developed eDNA method holds a...

 
 
 
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Facial Swelling

SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR IN YOUR DOG: FACIAL SWELLING

If it is summer time, and your dog swells on one side, the first thing that comes to your mind is likely an insect sting. The odds...

The Probers

THE PROBERS

Shorebird Beaks We've all watched birds pecking at trees working their way around the trunk and sticking their bills under the bark....

 
 
 
Insect Consumption Attitude Varies Among Omnivores, Vegans, Non-Vegan Vegetarians: Study

INSECT CONSUMPTION ATTITUDE VARIES AMONG OMNIVORES, VEGANS, NON-VEGAN VEGETARIANS: STUDY

New study investigates the different attitudes shown by vegans, non-vegan vegetarians, and omnivores toward insect consumption.

HUGE STEP FORWARD IN DECODING GENOMES OF SMALL SPECIES

For the first time, scientists have read the whole genetic code of one single tiny mosquito. Traditionally, it has been difficult to...

 
 
 

DO SEED-EATING SPECIES LIKE HOUSE FINCHES SHOW TEMPERATURE-RELATED SHIFTS IN EGG-LAYING DATES?

Time Traveling House Finches Photo © Nancy McGrady by Robyn Bailey, NestWatch Project Leader A Clutch of Eggs A Clutch of Eggs A clutch...

Nebraska bill would ban ‘meat' labels on lab-grown, insect and plant ‘products'

NEBRASKA BILL WOULD BAN ‘MEAT' LABELS ON LAB-GROWN, INSECT AND PLANT ‘PRODUCTS'

The mystery Nebraska State Sen. Carol Blood created briefly Tuesday by withdrawing her bill to limit the use of the term “meat” on...

 
 
 

HOW SEX PHEROMONES DIVERSIFY: LESSONS FROM YEAST

Many organisms including insects, amphibians and yeasts use sex pheromones for attracting individuals of the opposite sex, but what...

DNMT1 IS ESSENTIAL FOR EGG PRODUCTION AND EMBRYO VIABILITY IN THE LARGE MILKWEED BUG, ONCOPELTUS FASCIATUS

Abstract Background The function of cytosine methylation in insects remains inconclusive due to a lack of mutant and/or genetic studies. Results Here,...

 
 
 
The latest films in cinemas this week

THE LATEST FILMS IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK

As the world bid farewell to another year, it was revealed that some animal species have been declared extinct. According to BirdLife...

OCT 1, CANINE LICE

Reader Question: Last night I saw a very small wiggly little insect on my dog when I was checking him for fleas. It was about 1/8 to...

 
 
 

ISOLATION AND FUNCTIONAL IDENTIFICATION OF AN APPLE MDCER1 GENE

Abstract The outermost layer of the plant epidermis is covered by cuticular wax, which resists UV radiation, insects, and pathogens,...

New Low-Input Protocol Enables High-Quality Genome Created from Single Mosquito

NEW LOW-INPUT PROTOCOL ENABLES HIGH-QUALITY GENOME CREATED FROM SINGLE MOSQUITO

Anopheles coluzzii mosquito High-quality reference and de novo genomes have been celebrated by geneticists, population biologists and...

 
 
 
Extensive study finds that organic farming can halt pollinator decline

EXTENSIVE STUDY FINDS THAT ORGANIC FARMING CAN HALT POLLINATOR DECLINE

For the last 40 years, experts have observed a considerable decline in the population of endangered pollinating insects around the...

Biochemistry Professor Transforms His Research into Bronze Recreations of Ancient Trilobites and Modern Insects

BIOCHEMISTRY PROFESSOR TRANSFORMS HIS RESEARCH INTO BRONZE RECREATIONS OF ANCIENT TRILOBITES AND MODERN INSECTS

D. Allan Drummond is an associate professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, and human genetics at the University of Chicago. A...

 
 
 
Want More Easy Protein? Go Eat a Bug

WANT MORE EASY PROTEIN? GO EAT A BUG

The movement to encourage eating of insects - and to make it not weird, but a common practice (as it already is in other parts of the...

Birds and Bugs

BIRDS AND BUGS

Flycatchers, bee-eaters, swallows and swifts conjure up images of birds flitting through the air in quest of some sort of arthropod....

 
 
 
3 surprising reasons you should add bugs to your diet

3 SURPRISING REASONS YOU SHOULD ADD BUGS TO YOUR DIET

Koldunova Anna / Shutterstock Diet tracking app Lifesum has added insects to its catalogue. Users can add in their meals that contain...

Many botanical extracts show promise as natural, alternative insecticides

MANY BOTANICAL EXTRACTS SHOW PROMISE AS NATURAL, ALTERNATIVE INSECTICIDES

Horn flies and stable flies are growing more resistant to commonly-used chemical pesticides. A government-supported study evaluated...