• Butterflies feed on live young to steal chemicals for good sex

    The toxic seduction secrets of the milkweed butterfly – and a new word for stealing chemicals.

    Eat your young, load up on supplements, and woo the ladies – it’s all in a day’s work for male milkweed butterflies, ...

    Animals September 9, 2021
  • Seeing red – do tomatoes feel pain?

    Fruit sends out warning signals to the rest of the plant when under attack.

    Tomatoes might seem like the strong silent types, but they cry out when they get hurt.A team of researchers, led ...

    Nature July 29, 2021
  • Plants flash a warning signal when under attack

    Calcium channel signals are quick to respond.

    When plants are under attack from a very hungry caterpillar, a warning signal flashes through the plant to the other ...

    Nature September 13, 2018
  • A very hungry caterpillar

    Larvae of the Richmond birdwing butterfly are born ravenous.

    The Richmond birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondi) is a species that is found across north-east Australia, thou...

    Animals April 23, 2018
  • Hairy caterpillars cause horse abortions

    Research moves to reduce insect burden on the racing industry.

    Now here’s something we’ll bet you never knew: in Australia about one-third of spontaneous abortions in thoroughbred ...

    Animals February 2, 2018
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