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 […]

One wasp species has evolved the ability to recognize individual faces among their peers, signaling an evolution in how they have learned to work together. One wasp species has evolved the ability to recognize individual faces among their peers — something that most other insects cannot do — signaling an […]

Infrared photographs of butterflies, where brightness correlates with the capability of radiative cooling. Credit: Nanfang Yu and Cheng-Chia Tsai/Columbia Engineering Researchers discover that butterflies have specialized behaviors and wing scales to protect the living parts of their wings; nanostructures found in the wing scales could inspire the design of radiative-cooling […]

Researchers found that insecticide toxicity has increased in the last 20 years. Credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State Researchers discover that neonicotinoid seed treatments are driving a dramatic increase in insecticide toxicity in U.S. agricultural landscapes, despite evidence that these treatments have little to no benefit in many crops. During the […]