Insects

  • Sonic deception: stealth moths

    If you evolve to live in the dark, it’s handy if you develop some predator-evasion attributes.

    Forget stealth military jets. Moths were there first. But rather than dodging enemy radar, they’re playing a differen...

    Biology June 15, 2021
  • Is this a new Silent Spring?

    Decline of insects is a catastrophic loss we can ill afford.

    Entomologists have united to take stock of growing warnings about an “insect apocalypse” in a special feature publish...

    Earth January 14, 2021
  • How leaf cutter ants domesticated crops

    Could human farmers learn from them?

    Over tens of millions of years, fungus-farming ants have learned how to cultivate their crops to ensure a stable food...

    Animals October 28, 2020
  • Focus

    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
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    Shield bugs trick to avoid predators

    Different colour combinations protect them from predators.

    New research has revealed for the first time that shield bugs use a variety of colours throughout their lives to avoi...

    Animals July 8, 2020
  • ‘Spiderlab’ films some free-flying specimens

    Cable-suspended mini lab gathers detailed flight data.

    If you’ve watched a butterfly fluttering around your garden, you’ll know that flying insects have evolved efficient s...

    News June 11, 2020
  • ‘Insect apocalypse’ not so clear-cut

    Mega-study shows declines are highly variable.

    Love them or hate them, recent reports of an “insect apocalypse” sounded alarm bells around the world as conservation...

    Animals April 27, 2020
  • Prehistoric flies trapped in amber

    Flies encased in amber while doing the deed.

    There’s bad days, and then there’s this. Around 41 million years ago, two prehistoric flies on the southern tip of Go...

    Animals April 8, 2020
  • Ticked off

    Study suggests leaf litter is fine habitat for tick nymphs.

    Many American homeowners clear their lawns of fallen leaves in autumn to avoid creating tick-friendly habitats. But a...

    Animals March 19, 2020
  • Turtle ant soldiers use their heads

    They’re big enough to act as protective doors.

    Turtle ant soldiers (Cephalotes) are tree-dwelling insects with strangely oversized heads, which they use to block th...

    Animals March 13, 2020
  • Global roadmap to insect recovery

    International researchers urge a suite of conservation measures.

    Dozens of researchers from around the globe have united to create a comprehensive roadmap for insect conservation and...

    Animals January 15, 2020
  • Insects experience the effects of gravity

    And they have more control than humans.

    Gravity is one of the most universal environmental effects on living systems. It tethers us to the earth and creates ...

    Animals January 14, 2020
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