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Diabolical ironclad beetles can get squished under 39,000 times their weight and survive. Scientists figured out how.

A diabolical ironclad beetle, or Phloeodes diabolicus. David Kisailus/University of California, Irvine The diabolical ironclad beetle can withstand forces up to 39,000 times its body weight. They can do that, researchers discovered, thanks to hardened casings on each wing that interlock and support the beetle's exoskeleton. By mimicking the interlocking nature of these protective layers, scientists could build better planes and armored vehicles.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Biology, Animals, US, Trends, Taiwan, Toyota, Beetles, Npr, North America, Pacific, US Air Force, Bae Systems, Armor

How the diabolical ironclad beetle survives getting run over by a car

What makes the diabolical ironclad beetle (the insect's actual common name) so indestructible? To find out, researchers at the  University of California, Irvine and their colleagues repeatedly drove over them with their cars. Yes, the creepy crawlers survived the tire test and countless other more exacting compression tests in the laboratory. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Beetles, Insects, Biomimicry, University of California Irvine

How This Uncrushable Beetle Can Survive Being Run Over by a Car

The diabolical ironclad beetle, in addition to having one of the coolest names in the animal kingdom, boasts one of the toughest natural exoskeletons. A team of scientists has finally figured out the secret behind this extra durable armor and how these insects can survive getting run over by a car. Read more...
Tags: Science, Beetles, Insects, Materials Science, Tough As Hell, Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

This beetle's defenses have a clear windshield and gold pinstriping

Insect photographer Andreas Kay shot this remarkable golden tortoise beetle. They are not only beautiful, but they also have a number of impressive evolutionary traits. Their feet are really good at gripping leaves, so they can seal their elytra (their hard wing coverings) so they are flush to the leaf's surface, making it hard for predators to pry them loose. While sealed, this species from Ecuador can still see what's happening, thanks to a clear section of elytron in front. If you ever wat...
Tags: Video, News, Delightful Creatures, Nature, Beetles, Ecuador, North America, Insects, Beetle, Andreas Kay

This Tiny Robo-Beetle Is Powered by Booze

Screw batteries and charging cables—2020 has been such a rough year that even the robots are turning to drink.Read more...
Tags: Science, Robots, Beetles, Robotics, Beep Boop Beep

When Bugs Crawl Up the Food Chain

We usually think of insects as meals for vertebrates such as frogs. But arthropods may turn the tables more often than you think.
Tags: News, Research, Frogs, Beetles, Animal Behavior, Insects, Spiders, Hunting and Trapping, Conservation of Resources, Your-feed-science, Your-feed-animals, Global Ecology and Biogeography (Journal

There Are Two Ways Out of a Frog. This Beetle Chose the Back Door.

A researcher fed beetles to frogs. The encounter did not end as expected.
Tags: News, Research, Frogs, Beetles, Animal Behavior, Amphibians, Digestive Tract, Current Biology (Journal, Your-feed-science, Your-feed-animals

Maker turns a river rock into shiny beetle jewelry

Bobby Duke doesn't let anything stop him from transforming a common river rock into a gorgeous artwork of an iridescent scarab beetle. There's also a point where he X-Actos a sausage link into a meat chain: That alone is worth watching, but the beetle is pretty amazing, too. Image: YouTube / Bobby Duke Arts
Tags: Video, News, Rock, Beetles, Howto, Maker, Metalwork, Bobby Duke

After This Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies, Their Bodies Explode

The life cycle of Ophiocordyceps is like something from a sci-fi movie: “You think, where the hell did that come from?”
Tags: News, Fungi, Beetles, Ants, Pennsylvania State University, Muscles, Genetics and Heredity, Evolution (Biology, Biology and Biochemistry, Your-feed-science

Trilobites: How Beetles That Live Underwater Breathe Without a Scuba Tank

When an insect is this small, it seems to be able to get away with an unusual technique for taking in oxygen.
Tags: News, Australia, Research, Water, Beetles, Oxygen, Jones, Skin, Respiratory System, Journal of Experimental Biology, Your-feed-science, Karl (Scholar

Basics: Everywhere in the Animal Kingdom, Followers of the Milky Way

As scientists learn more about milk’s evolution and compositional variations, they are redefining what used to be a signature characteristic of mammals.
Tags: News, Parenting, Birds, Milk, Davis, Beetles, Animal Behavior, Insects, University Of California, Mammals, Spiders, Smithsonian Institution, University of Idaho, University of Bayreuth, Flies, Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Puritan Tiger Beetles, ‘Vicious Predators,’ May Soon Hunt Again

The beetles are New England’s most endangered species. Now scientists have begun an unlikely effort to return them to the banks of the Connecticut River.
Tags: News, Research, Connecticut, Beetles, New England, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rodger, Endangered and Extinct Species, Gwiazdowski

Feature: The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?
Tags: Weather, News, Climate Change, Animals, Research, Earth, Birds, Bees, Beetles, Biodiversity, Insects, Wetlands, Spiders, Flies, Politics And Government, Agriculture and Farming

Trilobites: Male Insect Fertility Plummets After Heat Waves

Researchers say that temperature’s effects on sperm production could be one factor behind the decline in the world’s insect populations.
Tags: Weather, News, Global Warming, Beetles, Insects, Sperm, Infertility, Matt, Gage, Nature Communications (Journal

Volkswagen Beetle, Symbol of ’60s Counterculture, Will Be Discontinued Again

The German carmaker’s United States unit, the only division still turning out the curvy car originally developed at Hitler’s direction, will end production of the vehicle in July.
Tags: News, United States, Beetles, Volkswagen, Hitler, Automobiles, Woebcken, Volkswagen AG, Hippies, Hinrich J

Why Aren’t We Eating More Insects?

They’re high in protein, low in cost, eco-friendly and tasty. And only in the West have we resisted them.
Tags: News, Restaurants, Recipes, Beetles, Insects, Anthony, Ruth, Bourdain, Bitty Foods, Reichl, Nordic Food Lab, Snack Foods, Agriculture and Farming, Lobsters, Crickets, Cooking and Cookbooks

Trilobites: Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber, a Beetle With Pilfered Pollen

The discovery is among the strongest evidence in the fossil record that the insects pollinated prehistoric cycads, a plant that preceded flowering plants.
Tags: News, Myanmar, Beetles, Fossils, Amber, Paleontology, Li, Cai, Engel, Michael S, Pollen, Flowers and Plants, Current Biology (Journal, Chenyang, Liqin

Beetle Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Was an Early Pollinator 

Amber fossils containing bugs are nothing new, but the discovery of a beautifully preserved Cretaceous Period beetle with bits of pollen still around it is changing what we know about the planet’s earliest pollinating insects. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Plants, Beetles, Insects, Pollination, Paleontology, Pollinators, Amber Fossils

Meet Jason, the Tiny Beetle Stuck in Amber for 99 Million Years

Featherwing beetles are some of the smallest insects out there—and one researcher managed to spot an ancient specimen in a 99-million-year-old chunk of amber. Just half a millimeter long, this Cretaceous period beetle had its signature fringed wings unfurled when it met its sticky demise.Read more...
Tags: Science, Beetles, Insects, Amber, Paleontology

Do People Really Wear Live, Jewel-Encrusted Beetles as Brooches?

A viral video shows people wearing jewelry consisting of what appear to be live beetles decorated with gold and gemstones.
Tags: Jewelry, Fashion, News, Mexico, Beetles, Live Jewelry, Makech

How This Beetle Evolved to Mimic Ants

At least 12 types of rove beetle have evolved to convince ants and termites that it is one of them, all the while stealing their food and eating their young.
Tags: News, Beetles, Insects

Insects Flew Before Anything Else Did. So How Did They Get Their Wings?

Hundreds of millions of years ago, two tissues fused to form wings on ancient beetles, a genetic experiment finds.
Tags: News, Beetles, Insects, Genetic Engineering, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genetics and Heredity, Evolution (Biology

Swallowed Bombardier Beetles Spew Hot Chemicals From Their Ass to Make Predators Barf

It’s a cruel world out there, and animals will do just about anything to avoid being eaten. In the case of bombardier beetles, these crafty insects are able to escape after being swallowed by toads, which they do by ejecting hot, noxious chemicals that forces the predator to barf. It ain’t pretty, but it works. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Chemistry, Beetles, Animal Behavior, Amphibians, Predators, Prey, Toads, Gross But Effective, Bombardier Beetles, Chemical Defense

Trilobites: Toads Eat Beetles. Sometimes, Beetles Make Them Regret Their Meal Choice.

When toads swallow bombardier beetles, the beetles produce a poison that prompts some of the toads to vomit them up still alive, researchers found.
Tags: Japan, News, Frogs, Beetles, Shinji, Poisoning and Poisons, Digestive Tract, Biology Letters (Journal, Sugiura

With Climate Change, Tree Die-Offs May Spread in the West

Forests will be decimated as trees become less resilient to drought and higher temperatures, new data suggest.
Tags: News, Drought, Global Warming, Beetles, Adams, Oklahoma State University, Trees and Shrubs, Forests and Forestry, Western States (US, Environmental Research Letters (Journal, Henry D

Burying Beetles' Embalming Butt Juice Is Even Worse Than It Sounds

Burying beetles (Nicrophorus) are hard to miss. The insects aren’t big, but most species are painted with vibrant, orange blotches on a glossy black background. According to new research, walking around dressed in their Halloween best may have a much more important function for the beetles than just looking like …Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Evolution, Ecology, Beetles, Holy Crap Wtf, Insects

Burying Beetle Colors Warn Predators of Toxic, Embalming Butt Juice

Burying beetles (Nicrophorus) are hard to miss. The insects aren’t big, but most species are painted with vibrant, orange blotches on a glossy black background. According to new research, walking around dressed in their Halloween best may have a much more important function for the beetles than just looking like …Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Evolution, Ecology, Beetles, Holy Crap Wtf, Insects

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NOT TOO COOL A Little Damp Approaches respite and extension WALLPAPER:  GALLATIN RIVER RIFFLE ------- .. The last few days of very warm weather seems to have prolonged our high runoff waters. Despite the high water, river temperatures have continued to escalate to their seasonal norms. LOOK FAMILIAR ? .. The color varies by river and is slowly, (finally,) becoming recognizable as what water should look like - should you choose to fish it... We may g...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Beetles, Madison River, Yellowstone Park, Gallatin, Yellowstoner, Gallatin River, Firehole River, Runoff, Gallatin Gateway, Soft Hackle, White Miller

Beetle Genitals Are Undergoing an Insane Evolutionary Arms Race

There’s an evolutionary arms race going on in the insect world. Except rather than fighting over weapons and weapons defenses, these beetles are evolving the craziest dicks and dick-defenses.Read more...
Tags: Science, Beetles, Genitalia, Genitals, Beetledick Beetledick Beetledick, Bug Sex

Downside of Being a Global Hub: Invasive Species

New York State, a major hub of international and interstate commerce, is an epicenter for invasive species, and is spending millions to fight back.
Tags: News, Fungi, Invasive Species, Beetles, New York State, Agriculture and Farming, Trees and Shrubs, Global Hub