Blind Cave Beetles Lack Eyes but Still Have Sight Genes

University of Adelaide researchers have made a surprising discovery which seems to challenge the traditional Darwinian view of evolution. A team led by Dr. Simon Tierney discovered that a species of blind water beetle expresses opsin genes which are usually only found in species with eyes, even though this species has lived underground for millions […]

New Parasitoid Wasp Species Discovered in South Korea

A team of South Korean researchers has discovered a new species of parasitoid wasp in their country. The new wasp, which belongs to the genus Seticornuta, a group belonging to the subfamily Metopiinae, was named Seticornuta koreana after the country where it was found. It is described in the journal ZooKeys. Parasitoid wasps reproduce by […]

Researchers Discover Natural Insect Growth Regulators in Plants

Aedes aegypti

Insect growth regulators, or IGRs, are chemicals that are used in some insecticides to control certain insects. Unlike many other insecticides, they are not nerve agents and they generally do not harm adult insects. Instead, they hinder the ability of immature insects to develop into healthy adults. Depending on the insect, eggs may not hatch, […]

Caterpillar in Borneo Uses Tree Resin to Construct Cocoon

A research team led by Professor William Symondson from Cardiff University has discovered a new caterpillar in Borneo that makes its cocoon out of flakes of dried resin — a sticky substance exuded from trees that hardens over time. The cocoon appears to be unique because no other butterfly or moth is known to make […]

Some Facts About Florida’s Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

By Richard Levine Over the weekend, a deluge of news articles about the possible release of genetically-modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys swept the Internet. The modified mosquitoes, if approved, would be used to control mosquito populations without pesticides, and would lower the chances of Floridians being exposed to mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya. […]