Insects

Daily life challenges for students of Adarsh Residential school

Students of Adarsh Residential School are forced to live with the problem of dirty water and insects. This incident has been reported from Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district.

Mar 05, 2018, 16:26 PM IST
Alien species numbers on the rise, could pose threat to biosecurity: Study

Alien species numbers on the rise, could pose threat to biosecurity: Study

Insects, molluscs and other invertebrates have the highest proportion of emerging alien species.

Feb 06, 2018, 13:30 PM IST
This is how 'zombie fungus' takes over ants

This is how 'zombie fungus' takes over ants

The parasite controls the behaviour of carpenter ant workers, compelling them to climb vegetation and bite into the underside of leaves or twigs, where they die.

Nov 18, 2017, 17:39 PM IST
Insects can see with much higher resolution than thought

Insects can see with much higher resolution than thought

The team found that photo receptors resolve small moving objects, even at high speeds, far better than predicted by compound eye optics and reveal the mechanisms behind this remarkable hyperacuity.

Sep 06, 2017, 18:31 PM IST
Spiders beat humans, whales by consuming upto 800 million tones of prey each year

Spiders beat humans, whales by consuming upto 800 million tones of prey each year

Researchers have revealed that spiders wipe out an estimated 400-800 million tonnes of prey every year, compared to an estimated 280-500 million tonnes of prey that the world's whales eat.

Mar 15, 2017, 12:14 PM IST
Good looks, attractive scent, both carry equal weightage in insects

Good looks, attractive scent, both carry equal weightage in insects

It could explain why, when looks are deceiving, the insects are still able to show a preference for mates from the same species ?

Feb 18, 2017, 16:49 PM IST
Indian Premier League 9: Tenacious Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Gujarat Lions by 5 wickets

Indian Premier League 9: Tenacious Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Gujarat Lions by 5 wickets

Shikhar Dhawan's unbeaten 47 off 40 balls was a typical opener's knock, with Hyderabad chase revolving around his innings.

May 07, 2016, 00:22 AM IST
Read: How insects spot virus-infected plants?

Read: How insects spot virus-infected plants?

The leaves of the diseased or virus-infected plants reflect light differently to attract the attention of disease-spreading greenfly.

Apr 24, 2016, 22:09 PM IST

Watch: Why nasty mosquitoes bite some humans more than others

Mosquitoes can easily smell any human within 100 feet because they have excellent scent receptors so it entirely depends on how your smell.

Mar 07, 2016, 13:47 PM IST

Two vector-borne diseases that pass from mother to child

 The US researchers have identified two life-threatening vector-borne diseases that can be passed from mother to child through the placenta.

Jan 31, 2016, 14:52 PM IST
Small males have more sex appeal 

Small males have more sex appeal 

The research found that while small male beetles were more successful at attracting female mates to the breeding ground of an animal carcass than larger males, they did not make better parents.

Jan 10, 2016, 14:58 PM IST

Men with low-quality partners at early death risk!

New fathers please take note! You can learn a lot about good parenting from insects and save yourselves from an early death, especially if you are in the company of a low-quality partner!

Sep 23, 2015, 16:54 PM IST

Cultivate sweetgrass to keep mosquitoes away

A team of US researchers has identified compounds in traditional sweetgrass that keep mosquitoes at bay. A meadow grass, sweetgrass gives off a sweet aroma that repels the insects.

Aug 17, 2015, 17:58 PM IST

Insects our alternative protein source

 Lack of farmland to raise more livestock to meet the increasing demand for dietary protein could make insects an attractive alternative to traditional protein sources, says a study.

Jul 16, 2015, 22:37 PM IST

Scientists take inspiration from `insect legs` to perk up aircraft designs

To improve the safety of long tubular structures which are used in aircrafts and hospital equipments to reduce weight, researchers are taking ideas from insect legs.

Jul 02, 2015, 11:13 AM IST
Insects found inside Glucon-D packet in Uttar Pradesh

Insects found inside Glucon-D packet in Uttar Pradesh

A packet of the energy drink 'Glucon-D' was allegedly found with insects here, following which it was sent for examination.

Jun 08, 2015, 18:20 PM IST

500 million years old brain reveals evolution of head

A new study has identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered - more than 500 million years old - and used it to help determine how heads first evolved in early animals.

May 08, 2015, 13:23 PM IST

New brighter light bulbs attract less insects

Researchers are developing new kind of light bulbs that are less attractive to specific insect species, including disease-spreading mosquitoes.

Mar 29, 2015, 17:23 PM IST
Bats avoid collisions by following set of 'traffic rules' while trawling for food

Bats avoid collisions by following set of 'traffic rules' while trawling for food

A new study has revealed that bats avoid collisions by following certain set of "traffic rules" laid down by them while trawling for food at high speed.

Mar 27, 2015, 13:57 PM IST

Bumblebees are forgetful too

Much like humans, bumblebees can be 'forgetful' too, reveals a new research.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:43 PM IST