Small birds fly at high altitudes towards Africa

A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that small birds migrating from Scandinavia to Africa in the autumn occasionally fly as high...

Madagascar’s lemurs use millipedes for their tummy troubles

Madagascar's red-fronted lemurs may have a secret weapon from nature's medicine cabinet: millipedes. This is according to a study led by Louise Peckre of...

Beetle named after Isabella Rossellini for her series about animals

A new species of beetle with remarkably long genitalia that hint at a curious evolutionary "sexual arms race" has been described from Malaysian Borneo. The...

Hollow trees host massive moth slumber parties

Unlike social insects such as bees and ants, moths are generally loners. So, when Florida Museum of Natural History lepidopterist Andrei Sourakov spotted a...

Leggy lizards don’t survive the storm

Nobody knows exactly what happens at the eye of the storm. But biologists at Washington University in St. Louis have published a first-of-its-kind look at...

University researchers discover new species of venomous snake

Researchers at Swansea University's College of Science are part of an international team that has discovered a new species of venomous snake in Australia. The Vermicella...

New analysis redraws evolutionary tree for major insect family

Grasshoppers are one of the most ubiquitous groups of insects in the world, found everywhere from grasslands to tropical rainforests to isolated mountain ranges...

Does warmer Midwest lead to a decrease in number of common birds?

A warmer future may lead to a common Midwestern songbird becoming considerably less common, according to a team of researchers whose study of the...

Microclimates may provide wildlife with respite from warming temperatures

Sheltered pockets of cooler and more variable conditions in the British countryside may help native species of flora and fauna survive warming temperatures caused...

Where baby white sharks ‘hang out’ in the North Atlantic?

Using cutting-edge satellite and acoustic technology, a researcher from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is among a team of scientists who are...

Australia has a new venomous snake — And it may already be threatened

The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger...

Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan

Japan -- Scientists report that a large, extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus -- originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, far to...

New ‘scaly’ snails species group following striking discoveries

Six new species of unique land snails whose shells are covered with what look like scales have been described from the biodiversity hotspot of...

Insectivorous birds consume annually as much energy as the city of New York

The world's insectivorous birds consume annually 400 to 500 million tons of prey and thereby use as much energy as the megacity New York....

New wasp species with a giant stinger discovered in Amazonia

Researchers from the University of Turku, Finland have discovered a new wasp species in the Amazon which has an exceptionally large stinger that surprised...