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    Cosmos Q&A: Driving an insect-led recovery

    There’s a whole lot to love about bugs.

    A lot of people never get past an aversion to insects, and for the sake of humanity, it would be better if they did. ...

    Animals September 4, 2020
  • Flies also see what we wrongly see

    Study investigates why optical illusions fool us.

    It turns out that flies are fooled by optical illusions as easily as humans are, which may help explain why we both a...

    Animals August 26, 2020
  • Fancy VR fact-finds fly flight

    Researchers create a world to study their navigation.

    There it is again. Zzzzzzzz. That pesky fly. It’s the only one in the room and it will not settle long enough for suc...

    Animals May 20, 2020
  • Freeze. I've got a chemical

    Study points to serotonin as the reason we stop when startled..

    Flies using the FlyWalker. Top: normal walking at around 25 mm/s. Bottom: fly with its VNC serotonin neurons stimulat...

    Biology November 27, 2019
  • Mighty clever flyers

    Think you know all about flies landing upside-down?

    A research team that describes its recent work as the “most complete exploration of fly landing manoeuvres” to date h...

    Animals October 23, 2019
  • This is why you won’t be able to swat that fly

    Flies are much maligned and goddamned hard to hit.

    Summer in Australia is defined by sport, but the most-played sport isn’t cricket or tennis – it’s fly swatting. Have ...

    Animals February 7, 2018
  • Meet a fly named after Schwarzenegger

    Amazon insect is contender for world’s smallest fly.

    Fiji is home to the endangered Ba humbugi snail, and in Borneo is found the type of mushroom Spongiforma squarepantsi...

    Animals January 24, 2018
  • Tiny, fast and deadly

    Tom Cruise in Top Gun had nothing on a rice grain-sized fly .

    This is a two-photon image of the Holcocephala head showing the enlarged frontal facets. Credit: Sam FabianThe robb...

    Biology March 9, 2017
  • Singing cicada advertises a singles bar for flies

    Don’t sniff out hosts and mates – they listen for chirps.

    A mating pair of Emblemasoma erro. Males and females are attracted to the sounds of a cicada known as Neotibicen dors...

    Biology July 6, 2016
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