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Bushfire crisis spells trouble for Aussie insects

Insects are critical for a healthy environment.

15 Jan 2020

UConn Study: Wing genes responsible for tiny treehopper’s extraordinary helmet

Worldwide, there are more than 3,000 species of tiny treehoppers, known for their ornate pronotum – the dorsal topside of first of the three segments of an insect’s thorax – that is commonly referred to as the treehopper’s “helmet.”

25 Dec 2019 Nature Ecology & Evolution

Climate warming affects European pollinator assemblages

The timing of many biological events - such as flowering and insect flight period – is changing because of climate warming. The analysis of historical records of European pollinators, show us how climate warming is affecting their flight period and consequently pollinator assemblages.

23 Dec 2019 Nature Ecology & Evolution

Suction cups that don’t fall off

Insects in torrential rivers may inspire engineering solutions.

18 Dec 2019 BMC Zoology

Bumblebees exposed to Chernobyl-levels of radiation consume more nectar

The study simulated Chernobyl-levels of radiation exposure in a laboratory to investigate the impacts it may be having on insects inhabiting the exclusion zone.

12 Dec 2019 British Ecological Society Annual Meeting

Fire ants’ raft building skills react as fluid forces change

Scientists explore how fire ants build rafts to adapt in a very wet environment.

26 Nov 2019 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamic

Dung beetle discovery revises biologists’ understanding of how nature innovates

The realization that thoracic horns are built by the same gene network as wings pushes traditional ideas about the emergence of 'new' traits.

21 Nov 2019 Science

Is evolution predictable?

The answer, published in Current Biology, forever changes the way evolution is understood.

14 Nov 2019 Current Biology

Larger than life: Augmented ants

The first app of its kind allows users to interact with biodiversity research through augmented reality.

12 Nov 2019 Insect Systematics and Diversity

New fossil pushes back physical evidence of insect pollination to 99 million years ago

The revelation is based upon a tumbling flower beetle with pollen on its legs discovered preserved in amber deep inside a mine in northern Myanmar.

11 Nov 2019 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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