HANNIER PULIDO Scientists have discovered a new behaviour among bumblebees that tricks plants into flowering early. Researchers found that when deprived of pollen, bumblebees will nibble on the leaves of flowerless plants. The damage done seems to fool the plant into flowering, sometimes up to 30 days earlier than normal. […]

Locusts swarm from ground vegetation in northern Kenya, on Jan. 22, 2020. (Image: © Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty) Billions of locusts have been swarming throughout eastern Africa for months, ravaging crops and threatening the food source for millions of people in the region. Thankfully, NASA’s Earth-observing satellites might be able to help. Traveling locust […]

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 […]

Researchers warn that this symbiotic relationship is threatened by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Credit: Cristiano Menezes A report published in PLOS ONE describes key roles of various microorganisms in the development of the larvae of Scaptotrigona depilis. Researchers warn that this symbiotic relationship is threatened by the indiscriminate use […]

DEET may chemically ‘cloak’ humans from malaria-carrying mosquitos, rather than repel them. Since its invention during the Second World War for soldiers stationed in countries where malaria transmission rates were high, researchers have worked to pinpoint precisely how DEET actually affects mosquitos. Past studies have analyzed the chemical structure of the […]

Homalictus terminalis is named so to indicate that, like many Fijian bees, it is nearing its limit and is at risk of climate-related extinction. Credit: James Dorey, Flinders University Bee biodiversity barometer on Fiji — New species described as environment changes The biodiversity buzz is alive and well in Fiji, […]