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Posts tagged insects

August 23, 2014

 

Indiana bats hibernating in a crevice.

The Bugs Will Love This

Research suggests White Nose Syndrome in bats will have bleak ecological and economic consequences.

July 3, 2014

 

An ant on a purple flower

Ants And Antibiotics

Humans aren't the only creatures to exploit the anti-fungal properties of some bacteria.

May 1, 2014

 

A side view of a silver and black archer fish

The Archerfish: Nature’s Squirt Gun

Your old Super Soaker was pretty cool, but it didn't have precision like this.

February 21, 2014

 

A naked mole rat in profile eating cheese

What Do Naked Mole Rats And Ants Have In Common?

You might be surprised by just how alike the world's homeliest rodent species is to many colony-building insect species.

November 27, 2013

 

A male water bug suns his egg-laden back.

Sacrificial Fathers

Single fatherhood is hard for the male water bug. Afraid he'll eat his offspring, dad simply goes without.

November 22, 2013

 

A bee clings to a twig with it's mouth, and appears to be resting.

Do Bugs Sleep?

Sorry BUGS, your brain isn't equipped for REM sleep, or any sleep for that matter.

July 16, 2013

 

assorted insects on a white board

A World Without Insects

A world without them might not be as nice as we might think...

July 11, 2013

 

Hoverfly in flight

Building Flying Robots The Size Of Insects

Scientists are devising tiny robots in order to better understand insect flight.

June 20, 2013

 

leafcutter ant crawling next to a leaf

The First Farmers

Farming has been a useful tool for a long long time, and not just for humans!

April 9, 2013

 

Robber fly on leaf

How Insects Fight Bacteria And Parasites

Imagine that you're an insect, and that you've fallen ill because some bacteria or parasites have invaded your body. What do you do?

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