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These meat-eating bees will haunt your nightmares

November 27th, 2021

Scientists have observed a little-known species of meat-eating bee that sports an extra tooth for biting flesh. According to a recent paper on the bees, they use their extra tooth to pull and gather meat. Doug Yanega, an entomologist with UC Riverside says that these are the only bees in the world that have evolved …

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Researchers observed mantis sexual deathmatches… for science

January 23rd, 2021

Praying mantises, like most other complex organisms, mate to reproduce, but there’s a wrinkle. Female praying mantises often kill the male after they’re done mating, but one species of mantis has developed a defense. New research shows how male springbok mantises manage to escape sexual encounters without dying in the process.  Sex is the reason …

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Purina wants you to feed your dog bugs – here’s why

November 6th, 2020

Purina is making a move to test out a sustainable source of insect-based protein for some of its dog and cat food. The company’s Beyond Naturals foods will soon include a product that sources protein from fly larvae. Scientists have long suggested that insect proteins may save us from food shortages in the future. The …

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Smartphones and Wi-Fi are killing vital insects

September 21st, 2020

An analysis of over 80 studies shows a direct link between mobile phone and Wi-Fi radiation and declining insect populations. Radiation can affect insects at the cellular level and cause serious problems with their behavior and health. There is no clear solution, as we’re unlikely to give up our mobile communications any time soon. Mobile …

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Scientists strapped camera rigs to beetles, and it actually works

July 16th, 2020

Scientists developed a tiny backpack with a camera system so small it can be worn by an insect. The camera can relay images and videos to a special smartphone app. The researchers used their work to develop a tiny robot capable of relaying observations in a similar manner. Insects are so prolific that it can …

Murder Hornets Vs Honeybees

Wild video shows Japanese honeybees ‘cooking’ a murder hornet alive

May 6th, 2020

Murder hornets are terrifyingly large and recently made their way to the United States. A murder hornet is beyond painful, but the giant hornets pose a greater threat to local bee populations than to humans. Japanese honeybees can defend themselves from a murder hornet attack by effectively “cooking’ the murder hornet alive with heat from …

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are catching a ride on hospital flies

June 24th, 2019

When you’re particularly sick, you go to the hospital. Health care facilities like clinics and hospitals can improve our quality of life, but they may also have the potential to bolster so-called “superbugs” which are antibiotic-resistant versions of some of the most troublesome bacteria. In a new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, …