Ants Survive for Years in Nuclear Weapons Bunker without Food

Since 2012, as part of a campaign to count overwintering bats, scientists have examined an old nuclear weapons bunker in Poland. In the summer of 2013, they made another discovery: a population of wood ants (Formica polyctena) was living down there in conditions that made it extremely difficult to survive. The ants had little or […]

From Turtle Shell to Poop Umbrella, This Is One Unusual Group of Beetles

By Leslie Mertz Tortoise beetles are a bizarre group. They look somewhat like tiny turtles with a colorful, or in some species translucent, carapace (the upper shell in turtles), and they engage in some unusual behaviors, including carrying an “umbrella” made of their feces. “I adore these beetles — everything they do is kind of […]

Will Insects Be the Food of the Future? Find Out at ICE 2016

By Florence Dunkel At the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which will be held September 25-30 in Orlando, Florida, there will be an amazing set of 28 speakers who will tackle not just one, but four complex issues that some call wicked problems. These speakers from nine countries (Brazil, Thailand, India, China, Japan, USA, England, […]

Chemicals from a Mosquito Predator May Be Used to Control Them

For decades, people have used a biological pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) to control mosquitoes and other insects. Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium that produces a protein that is toxic to insects, but is safe for humans. Organic farmers spray it on their crops in powder form, and modern plant breeders have inserted genes […]

Teachers workshop at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando

School teachers from Florida and other states are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (Rooms W2224 G&H in the west concourse of the center). STEMbugs, a workshop for primary and secondary school educators, will show teachers how to develop new lesson plans […]