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Total of 21 new parasitoid wasps following the first ever revision of their genus

As many as twenty-one species of parasitoid wasps are described as new to science, following the first ever revision of their genus since its...

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...

Light pollution a reason for insect decline

Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations in Germany. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater...

The secret of a long life

Usually the rule in the animal kingdom is: a lot of progeny means a short life - if you are less fertile, you live...

After natural disasters, can invertebrates recover?

After a 100-year flood struck south central Oklahoma in 2015, a study of the insects, arthropods, and other invertebrates in the area revealed striking...

Ants: Master manipulators for biodiversity, or sweet treats

Symbiotic ants manipulate aphid reproduction rates to achieve a specific mix of green and red aphids, maintaining the inferior green aphids which produce the...

Wasp likely uses saw-like spines to break out of its host body

About the size of a sesame seed, a new species of wasp from Costa Rica, named Dendrocerus scutellaris, has elaborate branched antennae that could...

Entomologist discovers new colorful invertebrate

The new millipede that Paul Marek discovered is as pretty as it is dangerous. The thumb-sized millipede that crawls around the forest floor of Southwest Virginia's Cumberland...

Wing structure vital for crickets in producing mating calls

The structure of the sound generators in the wings of male bush-crickets is critical for producing tonality within the long-range mating calls that attract...

Chance record of an annual emergence of mantis-flies

Being neither mantids nor flies, the peculiar mantis-flies are in fact predatory lacewings which use their mantis-like forelegs to catch prey. While most mantis-flies...

New dead-leaf-mimic insect found in the Andes

A new species of bushcricket which mimics dead leaves to the point of near invisibility and sings so loud humans can hear it has...

How a ‘flipped’ gene helped butterflies evolve mimicry

Female swallowtail butterflies do something a lot of butterflies do to survive: they mimic wing patterns, shapes and colors of other species that are...

Tiny bees play big part in secret sex lives of trees

When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting long-distance pairings. That's what scientists...