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.
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, […]
By Tracy Leskey Want to see people’s eyebrows raise? Tell them you are en entomologist, aka someone who studies bugs, in the summer of the “cicada invasion.” According to the […]