Cicadas Race to Catch Up With Their Evolving Endosymbionts
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.
Eavesdropping Bees Encouraged by “Whispers,” Deterred by “Shouts”
If you’re a bee and you’ve spotted a new and particularly lucrative source of nectar and pollen, what’s the best way to communicate the location of this food to your […]
Bug Encourages Prey to Bite, then Assassinates it
Many predators use camouflage or lures to surprise and attract their prey, giving them an advantage and the chance to strike first. However, Australian researchers recently found an assassin bug […]