New Fossil Evidence Shows Beetles Pollinated Orchids Millions of Years Ago

By John P. Roche For flowering plants to reproduce sexually, they need to disperse pollen so that the male gametes in the pollen can reach and fertilize the egg in the plant embryo sac. Plants have evolved a variety of mechanisms to disperse pollen. Among them, orchids have evolved a mechanism using pollination structures called […]

Another Insect Named after Sir David Attenborough

Earlier this year, a 20-million-year-old pygmy locust found in amber was named after Sir David Attenborough. Now the British naturalist and filmmaker has been honored once again, this time with a new species of beetle that has been named in his honor — Trigonopterus attenboroughi. Researchers discovered 98 new species of the beetle genus Trigonopterus […]