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Tag: Ed Ricciuti

Promecognathus Beetle Millipede Brawl

These Beetles Withstand Cyanide Blasts to Eat Millipedes

Flat-backed millipedes that defend themselves with cyanide have a fearsome foe in Promecognathus beetles, which are unfazed by the potent poison. A new study shows the beetles have evolved a unique tolerance for cyanide—rather than avoidance behavior or some other countermeasure—but the underlying mechanism remains unclear.

Calliphora vicina

Advanced Mass Spectrometry Method Could Give Forensic Entomologists Faster Fly IDs

Identifying the species of blow flies that colonize a corpse is a critical step in forensic entomology investigations, but it typically requires rearing collected fly larvae to adults first. However, a new "real time" method for conducting mass spectrometry could allow maggot specimens to be analyzed and identified in a matter of minutes—even up to six species at a time from the same sample.

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