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Posts tagged insects

January 14, 2009

 

Wasp eating a caterpillar

The Conversation of Wasps and Roses

Rose bushes and other plants have a time honored method of communicating with yellow jackets and other wasps.

October 8, 2008

 

Soybean field in late evening

All This Carbon Dioxide is Making Me Hungry!

Higher atmospheric CO2 increases the rate of photosynthesis, and thus the amount of carbohydrates in plant leaves.

November 27, 2007

 

Close up of dragonfly

Five-Foot Insects

Did you know that three hundred million years ago the earth was swarming with giant insects? How did insects get so small today?

June 4, 2007

 

ant crawling on fern plant

The Mystery of the Fern’s Nectar

For a plant, nectar is something like a political campaign contribution. "The Mystery of the Fern's Nectar" on this Moment of Science.

November 21, 2006

 

a group of marching ants on a rock

Ants on Stilts

We've all had ant troops visit us on our picnics. Find out more about the science behind the march of the ants.

October 31, 2006

 

an orb web covered in dew

Spiders Go Way Back

Ever come across a perfect spider web? How do spiders design their webs?

August 13, 2006

 

a wasp preying on a catepillar

Wasp Hounds

Do you shoo away wasps because you're afraid of a nasty sting? Well you can breathe a little easier now. Find out why!

July 16, 2006

 

beetle_legs

The Fastest Running Insect

The fastest of them are so fast that they travel about 170 times their body length per second.

July 11, 2006

 

fruit flies in trap

Boozing Fruit Flies

That's right, fruit flies hold their liquor better than just about any other member of the animal kingdom.

May 22, 2006

 

bug_heart

A Bug’s Gotta Have Heart

Do insects even have hearts? Sure they do, but their hearts are somewhat different from human hearts.

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