The new species was discovered in the dunes on Lista in Farsund municipality. Credit: Arnstein Staverløkk, NINA, CC BY3.0 A brand new species of parasitic cuckoo wasp was discovered based on its clever use of pheromones. Cuckoo wasps – also called emerald wasps – are some of the most beautiful […]

Modern snakefly pictured above Fifty-two-million-year-old fossil snakefly from Driftwood Canyon in British Columbia. Credit: Fossil image copyright Zootaxa Ancient predatory insects discovered in region once thought uninhabitable. Fossil discoveries often help answer long-standing questions about how our modern world came to be. However, sometimes they only deepen the mystery—as a […]

Researchers urge UK to keep EU ban on pesticide which has detrimental effect on pollinators. Just like us, many insects need a decent night’s sleep to function properly, but this might not be possible if they have been exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, the most common form of insecticide used worldwide, […]

The banyan tree Ficus macrocarpa produces aerial roots that give it its distinctive look. A new study reveals the genomic changes that allow the tree to produce roots that spring from its branches. Credit: Photo by Gang Wang The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout […]

An image obtained from the system showing barcoded bees inside the observation hive. Outlines reflect whether a barcode could be decoded successfully (green), could not be decoded (red), or was not detected (no outline). The hive entrance is in the lower-right corner, and the inset reveals two bees that were […]

Described by the ‘father of zoogeography’ and co-author of the theories of evolution and natural selection, the species hasn’t been reexamined since 1866. An over a century-long mystery has been surrounding the Taiwanese butterfly fauna ever since the “father of zoogeography” Alfred Russel Wallace, in collaboration with Frederic Moore, authored […]

A sword-tailed cricket. Credit: Dr. Marc Holderied, University of Bristol Researchers have uncovered the highly efficient strategy used by a group of crickets to distinguish the calls of predatory bats from the incessant noises of the nocturnal jungle. The findings, led by scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Graz […]

The black patches on the wings of some butterflies are 10 to 100 times darker than everyday black objects. Clockwise from top left: Catonephele numilia, Parides iphidamas, Heliconius doris, Parides sp. Credit: Richard Stickney, Museum of Life and Science Some butterflies have ultra-black wings that rival the blackest materials made […]

Bumblebee foraging on a flower. Credit: Tara Cox / Imperial College London Pesticides can impair brain growth in baby bumblebees, affecting their ability to perform a simple learning task as adults, according to a new study. Imperial College London researchers used micro-CT scanning technology to reveal how specific parts of […]