Some Wasps Developed Better Vision to Recognize other Wasps’ Faces

In 2011, Elizabeth Tibbetts and Michael Sheehan published a study in the journal Science on how some paper wasps learn and recognize the colorful facial patterns of other wasps in the colony, just as humans recognize others people’s faces. Now they have published new research in the journal Biology Letters that shows that some paper […]

Oklahoma is More than OK for Burying Beetles

By Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker (The Bug Chicks) Last September, we drove across America filming arthropods for our new web series, The Bug Chicks: Sofa Safari. We visited ten locations across the country, spanning a wide range in habitats, ecosystems, and climates. Before we left, we predicted which stops would have the best filming […]

Plant Breeders Release Alfalfa that’s Resistant to Snout Beetles

The alfalfa snout beetle (Otiorhynchus ligustici) has been ravaging alfalfa fields in nine northern New York counties and across the St. Lawrence River in Canada, and the pesky beetle has been spreading. The snout beetle’s larvae feed on and damage the alfalfa plant’s roots, limiting yields for this major livestock feed. To combat the pest, […]

Scientists have Produced the First Complete Genome Sequence of the Tsetse Fly

The tsetse fly is a strange and fascinating creature in the insect world. It feeds exclusively on the blood of humans and animals, and instead of laying eggs, it gives birth to live young and provides nutrition to them through lactation — something that is normally associated with mammals, not insects. However, the fly is […]

Black Widow Spider Males Prefer Well-fed Virgin Females

New research published in the journal Animal Behaviour shows that male black widow spiders prefer their female mates to be well-fed virgins — a rare example of mate preference by male spiders. The study, authored by Emily MacLeod, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and Maydianne Andrade, a professor in UTSC’s Department […]