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  • Back from the dead: World’s biggest bee, thought to be extinct for decades, found in Indonesia

    07/09/2019 6:42:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | July 7, 2019 | By Lance D Johnson
    A giant wasp-like insect with the face of a stag beetle was just re-discovered by a wildlife photographer on an unspecified island in Indonesia. The insect hadn’t been spotted since 1981 and was thought to be extinct for decades. The insect is known as Wallace’s giant bee, named after the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who discovered the winged insect in 1858. The giant black insect has immense jaws and looks like a stag beetle. It is the size of an adult thumb – four times larger than the European honeybee. The bee has a two and half inch wing...
  • Never underestimate a wasp -- new study shows they're smarter than we thought

    05/08/2019 5:01:19 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | May 8, 2019 | Jack Guy
    Summer is approaching in the northern hemisphere, heralding the return of that great scourge of al fresco diners everywhere: the wasp. Now, a new study out of the University of Michigan reveals that the striped critters aren't just pesky -- they're smart. The research found that wasps can use a form of logical reasoning to infer unknown relationships from known relationships, according to a press release. Essentially this means they can work out that if is X is greater than Y, and Y is greater than Z, X is greater than Z -- an ability that was thought to be...
  • Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

    02/11/2019 1:52:51 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/10/19 | Damian Carrington
    The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century. The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported...
  • Novel flying robot mimics rapid insect flight

    09/13/2018 4:20:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | September 13, 2018
    As in flying insects, the robot's flapping wings, beating 17 times per second, not only generate the lift force needed to stay airborne but also control the flight via minor adjustments in the wing motion. Inspired by fruit flies, the robot's control mechanisms have proved to be highly effective, allowing it not only to hover on the spot and fly in any direction but also be very agile. Apart from being a novel, autonomous micro-drone, the robot's flight performances, combined with its programmability also make it well suited for research into insect flight. To this end, TU Delft has collaborated...
  • Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand

    04/13/2018 9:39:55 AM PDT · by ptsal · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13-Apr-2018 | Karl Plume
    LANGLEY, British Columbia (Reuters) - Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini. [snip] Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will process the bugs into protein-rich food for fish, poultry - even pets. After being fattened up, the fly larvae will be roasted, dried and bagged or pressed to extract oils, then milled into a brown powder that smells like roasted peanuts.
  • Researchers discovered a new kind of stereo vision by putting tiny 3D glasses on mantises

    02/10/2018 12:26:14 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 35 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 02/09/2018 | Brian Heater
    Researchers at Newcastle University, U.K. believe they’ve discovered a differently evolved form of stereo vision in mantises. The research team studied the phenomenon in the insects precisely as one would hope — by attaching a pair of tiny 3D glasses to their bug eyes. The scientists attached a mantis-sized pair of dual-color 3D glasses to the insects’ eyes, using beeswax as temporary adhesive. The team then showed video of potential prey, which the mantises lunged at. In that respect, the bugs appeared to approach 3D image processing in much the same way humans do.
  • Would you eat a burger made from INSECTS? Mealworm-based food line set to hit grocery stores in...

    08/15/2017 9:24:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    Full headline: Would you eat a burger made from INSECTS? Mealworm-based food line set to hit grocery stores in Switzerland next week Switzerland's second-largest supermarket chain, Coop, announced it would begin selling an insect burger, and insect balls, based on protein-rich mealworm. ... Swiss food safety laws were changed last May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval form of the mealworm beetle. These insects, long used in animal feed, must be bred under strict supervision for four generations before they are considered appropriate for human...
  • Cicadas are awakening 4 years early. It’s not a sign of the apocalypse but a scientific mystery

    05/19/2017 7:41:12 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | May 18, 2017 | Brian Resnick
    n 2004, billions upon billions of shrimp-size insects took to the skies in the mid-Atlantic United States, covering entire houses, blaring extremely loud noises, and littering forests with their exoskeletons. When the swarm was finally over, the insects — cicadas — laid their eggs in the ground. Residents were told these creatures wouldn’t emerge again for another 17 years. The cicadas had other plans. Reports in Baltimore and the Washington, DC, metro area indicate that a small group of the cicadas — a group called Brood X — are emerging from the ground to molt, mate, and make noise. They...
  • Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world -- a new order

    01/27/2017 5:59:49 PM PST · by JimSEA · 51 replies
    Science Daily ^ | January 25, 2017 | Oregon State University
    Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and "E.T.-like" appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed in its own scientific "order" -- an incredibly rare event. There are about 1 million described species of insects, and millions more still to be discovered, but every species of insect on Earth has been placed in only 31 existing orders. Now there's one more. The findings have been published in the journal Cretaceous Research and describe this small, wingless female insect that probably lived in fissures in the bark...
  • Insect that looks like a wasp but crawls like a praying mantis is captured devouring a fly

    09/04/2015 3:47:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2015 | Sarah Griffiths
    Full title: The stuff of nightmares! Insect that looks like a wasp but crawls like a praying mantis is captured devouring a fly (after ripping off its prey's legs) If you have a fear of creepy crawlies, you may want to approach with caution. A YouTube user has captured a mantidfly, which looks like a wasp but has the front legs, sharp jaws and bulging eyes of a praying mantis, tucking into a small fly. The video shows the active hunter feasting on the fly's body, which it holds in its front legs and nibbles on like a human stripping...
  • Any bug experts here?

    08/10/2015 10:58:34 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 115 replies
    08-10-2015 | Me
    Been living in the Bay Area (San Jose) since 1967 and have never seen one of these beetles until the last week or so. The pic is deceiving but this thing is pretty good sized. Sounds like a mini 747 when it flies. Also, has a bad ass shiny green color almost looks like it was green anodized.
  • Spy-Butterfly: Israel developing insect drone for indoor surveillance

    05/20/2012 3:51:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 5/19/12
    The future is here and this is not a butterfly on your wall, as Israeli drones are getting tiny. Their latest project – a butterfly-shaped drone weighing just 20 grams - the smallest in its range so far – can gather intelligence inside buildings. ­The new miniscule surveillance device can take color pictures and is capable of a vertical take-off and hover flight, just like a helicopter, reports the daily Israel Hayom. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) says this may come in handy in ground clashes, when a soldier would merely take it out of a pocket and send behind the...
  • Meet the world's heaviest insect, which weighs three times more than a mouse... and eats carrots

    12/01/2011 10:54:16 AM PST · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 1, 2011 | Jessica Satherley
    New Zealand's giant weta is the heaviest insect in the world and this one is the largest ever recorded.
  • Peru researchers make rare ancient insect find

    08/09/2011 7:59:49 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 76 replies
    AFP ^ | 8-9-11 | Anon
    Detailed fossilized insect remains preserved in amber for over 23 million years (AFP/HO) Peru researchers make rare ancient insect find (AFP) – 3 hours ago LIMA — Researchers in Peru said Tuesday they have discovered the remains of ancient insects and sunflower seeds trapped inside amber dating from the Miocene epoch, some 23 million years ago. The rare find was made in the remote mountainous jungle region near Peru's northern border with Ecuador, paleontologist Klaus Honninger told AFP. "These new discoveries are very important, because the insects and sunflower seeds confirm the type of climate that existed during the Miocene...
  • Calif releases insect to combat invasive weed (over 5,000 water hyacinth plant hoppers)

    07/30/2011 2:40:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies ^ | 7/30/11 | AP
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- California officials have released thousands of insects in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to combat an invasive weed that has clogged the waterway. The state Department of Food and Agriculture let more than 5,000 water hyacinth plant hoppers go at several locations in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties this month. Officials hope the insects, which are native to South America, will establish self-sustaining colonies and begin chomping down on water hyacinth. The invasive plant forms a dense carpet on the surface of waterways, impeding boat access and clogging water intake systems.
  • Smelly kudzu-eating bug invades Alabama

    01/17/2011 10:49:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies · 1+ views
    An invasive kudzu-eating bug that swept across Georgia last year has now been detected in Alabama. Though you might be tempted to celebrate the arrival of a bug that eats The Vine That Ate the South, this kudzu bug stinks. Both literally and figuratively. When temperatures drop, the pea-sized bugs -- also known as the lablab bug or the globular stink bug -- invades homes in hordes. When threatened or crushed, they emit a foul odor. University of Georgia entomology Professor Wayne A. Gardner said he's found them 30 stories high, coating the window sills of Atlanta condo high rises,...
  • First Amphibious Insects Found in Hawaii

    03/26/2010 1:27:23 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 736+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | March 23, 2010 | Ker Than
    But no one knows how the bugs breathe underwater. Several new caterpillar species are equally at home on land or underwater, making them the first truly amphibious insects, scientists say. The amphibious caterpillars—found only in Hawaii's fast-moving freshwater streams—belong to the moth genus Hyposmocoma, a group that includes more than 400 species. The 14 newfound species are never seen far from water. But unlike purely aquatic caterpillars, these species can behave the same in water or on land for indefinite periods of time. "When you put these guys in water, they run around and eat. You take them out, and...
  • Super Bug! World's Strongest Insect Revealed (Onthophagus taurus pulls 1,141 X its own body weight)

    03/24/2010 8:45:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 880+ views ^ | 3/23/10 | Jeanna Bryner
    After months of grueling tests, a species of horned dung beetle takes the title for world's strongest insect. The beetle, called Onthophagus taurus, was found to be able to pull a whopping 1,141 times its own body weight, which is the equivalent of a 150-pound (70 kilogram) person lifting six full double-decker buses. While the study researcher knows of a mite that can take on a hair more, that organism is an arachnid, not an insect. The finding, published in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, does more than elevate the beetle's status, as...
  • Obama Gives Middle Finger to Coal Mining States: Insect More Important Than Jobs (Bloomberg)

    11/13/2009 7:48:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies · 1,950+ views
    Bloomberg | November 13, 2009 | Jim Efstathiou Jr.
    Not exactly sure what I can post since it is from Bloomberg but if you go the site one of the lead articles is the EPA threatening coal mining in Applachia over a insect. What the Spotted Owl did to the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest this bug will do to coal mining.
  • Monarch Butterfly Antenna: A Hi-tech Tiny Toolkit

    10/09/2009 8:29:19 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,425+ views
    ICR News ^ | October 9, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Monarch butterflies have fascinated biologists for a long time. A 3,000-mile road trip in even the most comfortable car would prove daunting to many humans, but these beautiful insects can migrate that same distance every year from Canada to a specific grove of fir trees in Mexico each fall. The next generation of monarchs can then travel back to Canada in the spring. Scientists are investigating the tools that these tiny flying creatures use to achieve this feat. One leading monarch researcher has discovered an important reason why the butterflies’ antennae are vital for successful navigation...