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Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colors of Ancient Insects

Fossils rarely retain evidence of an organism’s original color, but these 99-million-year-old amber fossils found in Myanmar are revealing the vibrant hues of another world. Read more...
Tags: Science, Myanmar, Fossils, Insects, Amber, Paleontology, Ancient Insects, Amber Fossils, Now In Technicolor

‘Murder hornets’: race to protect North America's honeybees from giant invader

Amateur beekeepers and scientists do ‘the whole CSI thing’ to stem the feared onslaught It took Moufida and John Holubeshen just a day of tracing alleged sightings and studying map coordinates before the two amateur detectives found their target.“We did the whole CSI thing,” says Moufida. “Plotting points and drawing lines, searching for where the middle of the circle – the nest – would be.” Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Americas, Bees, Canada, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, North America, Insects, Moufida, John Holubeshen

Plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida gets go-ahead

750m insects to be released with second trial planned for TexasCritics say risks of ‘Jurassic Park experiment’ not assessedA plan to release a horde of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas is a step closer to fruition after a state regulator approved the idea, over the objections of many environmentalists. Related: People v mosquitos: what to do about our biggest killer Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Environment, US news, Insects

"Tiny worms often breed in the mish, but are not dangerous. The saying 'the worms of the mish arise from it' means it is a problem that cannot be solved..."

"... but is not worth worrying about. The maggots comes from flies laying eggs on the cottage cheese that is left to drain on a straw mat, by the farmer in the open air. Sometimes they add Borax to kill the maggots, but you cannot use again as fermenting agent. If Mish is prepared in a factory, it does not contain any maggots."I looked up "Mish" in Wikipedia. I love the simplicity of the image of this stuff...And I love the metaphorical potential of the worms that arise from the food itself and ...
Tags: Food, Law, Wikipedia, America, Cnn, Metaphor, Venezuela, Biden, Worms, Insects, Polls, Trump, Don, TheStreet, Jim Cramer, McLaughlin

This might be the oldest creature to have ever lived on land

An ancient millipede-like creature living in Scotland may have been the first creature to live on land.A fossil representing Kampecaris obanensis was first discovered in 1899 on the Scottish isle of Kerrera. It's now been radiometrically dated to 425 million years ago. If the new research is correct about the age of the fossil, then scientists have been greatly underestimating how rapidly bugs and plants evolved to transition to life on land. Scientists now believe that a fossilized relative o...
Tags: Science, Scotland, Boston, Earth, Geology, Innovation, Evolution, Fossils, Insects, Suarez, University of Texas, University of Massachusetts, Kampecaris, Michael Brookfield, Elizabeth Catlos, Stephanie Suarez

The surprise reason sleep-deprivation kills lies in the gut

A study provides further confirmation that a prolonged lack of sleep can result in early mortality.Surprisingly, the direct cause seems to be a buildup of Reactive Oxygen Species in the gut produced by sleeplessness.When the buildup is neutralized, a normal lifespan is restored. We don't have to tell you what it feels like when you don't get enough sleep. A night or two of that can be miserable; long-term sleeplessness is out-and-out debilitating. Though we know from personal experience that we...
Tags: Health, Sleep, Discovery, Medical Research, Innovation, Insects, Molecular Biology, Vaccaro, Human body, Harvard Medical School HMS, Dragana Rogulja, Rogulja, Alexandra Vaccaro, Yosef Kaplan Dor, Kaplan Dor

"Hey, baby!"/"No! It's surprisingly okay!" — things I said out loud before 5:30 a.m.

1. "Hey, baby!" — I was addressing this creature: 2. "No! It's surprisingly okay!" — A response to a human creature who asked me "Is it buggy out there?" as I was running back from my sunrise vantage point. 3. Creature observed but not spoken to: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Birds, Frogs, Sunrise, Insects, Speaking, Ann Althouse

Fears rise of ‘murder hornet' spreading in western Canada after sighting

Latest discovery suggests the species has reached far deeper into British Columbia than previously thoughtWhen officials in western Canada received the squashed remains of a hornet in late May, they immediately knew trouble was in their hands. With its hulking orange and black body, the insect sent in by a concerned resident was unmistakably an Asian giant hornet – an aggressive predator increasingly known as the “murder” hornet. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, Bees, Canada, Wildlife, Insects, British Columbia

‘Make noise and don’t panic’: India tries to ward off locust invasion

Delhi braces for swarm while farmers in badly-hit north play loud music and honk car horns to try to prevent decimation of fieldsResidents of Delhi are bracing themselves for a possible invasion of locusts, which have been ravaging areas in the north of the country.A change in wind direction could save the city, but Dr K L Gurjar, deputy director of the Locust Warning Organisation, has warned residents to be prepared to “make a lot of loud noise so that instead of settling, they keep flying and ...
Tags: India, Environment, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Delhi, Food Security, Insects, Extreme Weather, Locust Warning Organisation, Dr K L Gurjar

The mystery of moving, mossy, ‘glacier mice’

Weird but cute, "glacier mice" are actually balls of moss, dirt, and more.The balls move, oddly, in packs through some unknown means.A new study tracked 30 glacier mice but still couldn't figure out what's going on. Scientists have known about them at least since the 1950s, when Jón Eythórsson named them "jökla-mýs," which translates as "glacier mice." However, they're not actually mice. They're smallish balls of moss, and there are lots of them atop Alaska's Root Glacier. They can also be foun...
Tags: Biology, Physics, Alaska, New York Times, Innovation, Plants, South America, Npr, Insects, Death Valley, Glacier, Microbes, Moss, Gilbert, Washington State University, Sophie Gilbert

Millions of Noisy Cicadas to Emerge This Year After 17 Years Underground

A brood of periodic cicadas not seen since 2003 is expected to emerge this year in parts of the United States. Farmers are being told to plan accordingly, as the insects pose a threat to fruit and ornamental crops. Read more...
Tags: Pests, Science, United States, Farmers, Insects, Cicadas

America’s Killer Lawns

Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.
Tags: News, America, Pesticides, Insects, Lawns, Gardens and Gardening

How (and Why) to Use Native Plants

You know they support pollinators and native wildlife, but you may not have a meadow where they’ll feel at home. Here’s what to do.
Tags: News, Birds, Insects, Delaware, Native Plants, DEL, Real Estate and Housing (Residential, Gardens and Gardening, Butterflies and Moths, Mt Cuba Center (Hockessin

Country diary: nature is taking back control of the golf course

Mollington, Cheshire: The former fairway is scattered with wildflowers, and house martins feast on a bounty of insectsAcross the country, temporarily abandoned golf courses are reopening. The course that I’m visiting, however, illustrates longer-term abandonment. Following years of financial instability, the Oaks golf club at Mollington, a couple of miles to the north of Chester, closed its doors in May 2016. Without weedkiller and blades, the paths are slowly succumbing to moss and plantains. E...
Tags: Environment, Sport, Wildlife, Golf, Rural affairs, Plants, Insects, Chester, Wild Flowers, Mollington Cheshire, Mollington

The future of the Amazon may depend on tapir poop

Tapirs produce towering piles of feces full of large-tree seeds other animal can't pass.Stashing tasty fecal morsels for later, dung beetles bury the seeds.Tapirs prefer burned-out areas, making them ideal re-foresters. The Amazon rainforest has been in trouble for some time. In the last 40 years, more than 18% of Brazil's rainforest, for example, has been decimated by logging, farming, mining, and cattle ranching. That's an area about the size of California. If it isn't deliberate deforestatio...
Tags: Amazon, Climate Change, California, Animals, Nature, Conservation, Innovation, Brazil, South America, Poop, Botany, Insects, Rainforest, Paolucci, Mato Grasso, Tapir

Praying Mantises: More Deadly Than We Knew

New research shows these ferocious insects don’t just hunt like robots.
Tags: News, Insects, Sergio, Praying Mantis, Hunting and Trapping, Biology Letters (Journal, Your-feed-science, Rossoni

"I've already had some emails from people who think they've seen the Asian giant hornet in Wisconsin..."

"... but I'm convinced that they're seeing our own large wasps that live here, which are for the most part harmless... It's actually not highly likely that they'll ever be established in Wisconsin just based on where they live in Asia. They are not found in the kind of climate that you can find in Asia that's similar to Green Bay." Also: "They're really big hornets, OK, and they have a painful sting, but many, many more people die of honeybees in Japan and China and Asia than murder hornets."WMT...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Law, China, Wisconsin, Insects, Green Bay, Ann Althouse, UW Green Bay Nature Sciences, Michael Draney

The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’

We didn’t stop the coronavirus. But maybe we can stop the giant hornets.
Tags: News, Bees, Invasive Species, Insects, Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas, Washington (State, Deaths (Fatalities, Pacific Northwestern States (US, Hornets (Insects

Watch a praying mantis enjoy a delicious murder hornet

As we face an invasion of murder hornets, we can look to our alien protectors, the praying mantis, to save us.
Tags: Video, News, Animals, Insects, Murder Hornets

'Murder Hornets' Are Unlikely to Murder You Personally

Asian giant hornets have probably been living in the Pacific Northwest for at least eight months now, but not until the New York Times called them “murder hornets” did we think to panic. It’s true that they’re dangerous to people and to beehives, but there’s still time to stop them from becoming established in North…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, New York Times, Lifehacks, Insects, Pacific Northwest

Murder Hornets vs. Honeybees: A Swarm of Bees Can Cook Invaders Alive

While the Asian giant hornet massacres honeybees in their hives, some bees have developed a remarkable defense: cooking the hornets alive.
Tags: News, Research, Bees, Insects, Washington (State, Hornets (Insects

People are desperate to concern themselves with something other than coronavirus and Joe Biden's sexuality.

I think that's why this story has legs — disgusting spindly legs — "‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet/Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could establish itself in the United States and devastate bee populations."That's in the New York Times, where I would expect a little more care not to randomly give off whiffs of xenophobia. Why are they insisting on calling it the "Asian giant hornet"? They already had "murder ho...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Nyt, Insects, Looney, Political correctness, Ann Althouse

'Murder hornets' in Washington state threaten bees and whip up media swarm

Asian giant hornet, which became more active in the state in April, is the world’s largest and can kill humans with multiple stingsAlarm over deaths of bees from rapidly spreading viral diseaseResearchers and citizens in Washington state are on a careful hunt for invasive “murder hornets”, after the insect made its first appearance in the US.The Asian giant hornet is the world’s largest and can kill humans. But it is most dangerous for the European honeybee, which is defenseless in the face of t...
Tags: Washington, Environment, US, US news, Bees, Wildlife, Washington State, Insects

Alarm over deaths of bees from rapidly spreading viral disease

Researchers study whether new strain of chronic bee paralysis virus is responsibleA viral disease that causes honey bees to suffer severe trembling, flightlessness and death within a week is spreading exponentially in Britain.Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) was only recorded in Lincolnshire in 2007. A decade later, it was found in 39 of 47 English counties and six of eight Welsh counties, according to data collected from visits to more than 24,000 beekeepers. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, UK News, Genetics, Bees, Britain, Wildlife, Agriculture, Insects, Lincolnshire

Insect numbers down 25% since 1990, global study finds

Scientists say insects are vital and the losses worrying, with accelerating declines in Europe called ‘shocking’ The biggest assessment of global insect abundances to date shows a worrying drop of almost 25% in the last 30 years, with accelerating declines in Europe that shocked scientists.The analysis combined 166 long-term surveys from almost 1,700 sites and found that some species were bucking the overall downward trend. In particular, freshwater insects have been increasing by 11% each decad...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Insects

The 'Insect Apocalypse' Might Not be as Hopeless as We Thought

As much as I hate bugs with their little creepy wings and huge eyes, we need them. Yet there have been dire warnings of an insect apocalypse on the horizon due to human activities.Read more...
Tags: Science, Ecology, Insects, Insectageddon, Save The Bugs

5 Rules for Rooming With Lab Animals During Coronavirus

Coronavirus has prompted many scientists to make space in their homes for their lab animals.
Tags: News, Research, Insects, Spiders, Cockroaches, Laboratories and Scientific Equipment, Turtles and Tortoises, Mites, Your-feed-science, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Fears for wildlife recovery after bushfires as coronavirus crisis stymies scientists’ fieldwork

Monitoring work suspended due to restrictions on travel and physical contact, in a blow for research into threatened species Scientists are being forced to shut down or scale back fieldwork to assess the impact of last summer’s devastating bushfires on threatened species amid the coronavirus crisis, prompting concerns it could affect wildlife recovery.Several universities have shut down fieldwork to comply with restrictions on travel and physical contact and government agencies working on the re...
Tags: Health, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, New South Wales, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, South Australia, Insects, Bushfires, Coronavirus outbreak

Stinkbug invasion in Turkey threatens world hazelnut supplies

Scientists race to halt spread of pungent insect species after it sweeps eight citiesThe world’s hazelnut supplies could be threatened by a stinkbug that has recently invaded Turkey, scientists have warned.The brown marmorated stinkbug, which is native to north-east Asia, has been spreading across the world in shipping containers, breeding freely thanks to warmer temperatures and a lack of natural predators. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Asia, Animals, Environment, World news, Turkey, Wildlife, Farming, Insects

Edible insects set to be approved by EU in 'breakthrough moment'

Food safety agency’s decision could put mealworms, locusts and baby crickets on menus It is being billed as the long-awaited breakthrough moment in European gastronomy for mealworm burgers, locust aperitifs and cricket granola.In the next few weeks the EU’s European Food Safety Authority is expected by the insect industry to endorse mealworms, lesser mealworms, locusts, baby crickets and adult crickets as being safe for human consumption. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Europe, Animals, Eu, European Union, World news, Wildlife, Food & drink industry, Insects, European Food Safety Authority