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Posts tagged entomology

July 6, 2011

 

orb_weaver

Spiders Recycling

What if a nice, protein-rich insect doesn't get trapped in the web every day? What's a hungry orb-weaver to do?

October 12, 2009

 

Still image of a bee flying

Insects And Climate Change

Just how vulnerable and sensitive are insects to climate change?

March 5, 2009

 

Dead bug on its back

The Dead Bug and the Sleeping Hand

Bugs flip when they die because their legs return to what is called the "position of flexion."

August 18, 2008

 

Reddish Ant on a Leaf

Parasites that Turn Ants into Berries!

Scientists working in Panama have discovered a parasitic worm that infects a certain species of ant, altering the ant to look like a red, ripe berry.

May 12, 2008

 

Landed Fly

The Trials and Tribulations of a Lascivious Housefly

When you think about sexually transmitted diseases, I'm willing to bet a housefly isn't a thought. Flies can catch a fungus called Entomophthora muscae.

March 26, 2008

 

A Beetle on a Leaf

Beetle Poop and Wildfire Recovery

Wildfires have been happening for millions of years, but how does the environment recover from such widespread destruction? The surprising answer: beetle poop.

February 26, 2008

 

Fire-bugs on Trees

Fire Beetles

Most creatures run the other way when they detect a forest fire, but not beetles of the genus Melanophila, or "fire beetles/bug" or the "fire bug".

January 10, 2008

 

Cockroach Crawling on Floor

As Smart As A Cockroach

We've all heard of Pavlov's dogs, but have you heard of Mizunami's cockroaches?

October 9, 2007

 

Army Ants Paving The Road

Learning from Ant Societies

Ants have an amazing ability to communicate with each other and work together to accomplish complex tasks. Humans should learn from them!

July 17, 2007

 

Close up of giant water bug

Fasting Fathers

As part of the mating process, female giant water bugs latch onto male water bugs and cement as many as one hundred and fifty eggs to his back, then leaves.

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