In cicadas, a world of microbes has evolved to provide them nutrients. Researchers at the University of Montana have discovered that a cicada bacterial endosymbiont, Hodgkinia cicadicola, has split into at least two dozen lineages within cicada cells, in an apparent case of nonadaptive evolution.
Insects studied in experiments in outer space were featured at an entomology booth at an Eclipse Watching Event hosted by the Department of Entomology at a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
By Ed Ricciuti Scientists have pondered why males of certain parasitoid fly species have ears that apparently function well enough but, as the Bible says, seemingly “do not hear,” while […]
By Kevin Fitzgerald If you’ve never seen a cicada, you’ve certainly heard them, filling summer days and nights with their loud, raspy love songs. If you’ve seen any, you’re not […]
This summer, I found myself back in my home state of Iowa, where I had the privilege of witnessing the emergence of the periodical cicadas. In some areas of Iowa, […]
A 13-year brood of periodical cicadas has been discovered in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky, according to Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph. […]