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.

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.

Bumblebees are forgetful too

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

Agricultural insecticides dangerous for water bodies

Streams within approximately 40 percent of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides, according to the first global map to be modelled on insecticide runoff to surface waters.

Fruit flies can smell antioxidants in their food
Fruit flies can smell antioxidants in their food

Fruit flies can smell healthy antioxidants that protect cells from the harmful influences in their food, finds a study.

Toxic nectar affects behaviour of insect pollinators
Toxic nectar affects behaviour of insect pollinators

Natural toxins in nectar and pollen can poison insects and affect their memory, behaviour and reproductive success, researchers have found.

Insects compete with rats to clear garbage

Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said.

Bug off: Scientists devise family tree of world's insects

They pollinate our flowers, vegetables and fruit. They spread deadly diseases. They flash in the summer night. They bore into the wood in our homes. And they serve as supper for birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals - including people.

Insects have more efficient social networks!

Insects like honeybees and ants live in groups that constantly communicate with each other and scientists are seeking a better understanding of their networks to improve the existing information processing.

Climate change could 'fundamentally alter' US forests

Wildfires, insects and drought are crippling forests in the western United States' iconic Rocky Mountains, scientists warned today, urging more efforts to stop global warming.

Bats change tactics when food is scarce
Bats change tactics when food is scarce

When food is scarce, bats change their tactics and turn more flexible in their echolocation behaviour.

Fukushima radiation caused serious damage to wildlife: Study

A series of studies on the biological impact of the Fukushima disaster on non-human organisms has revealed that the radiation has affected the population, genetic makeup and the repair mechanisms of birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other insects to cope with the exposure.

Fruit flies can help unlock mysteries of human diabetes

Researchers have developed a new technique to measure insulin levels in fruit flies, an advance that allows for the use of this insect in diabetes research.

How spider toxin can protect crops from insects

In a discovery that offers new ways to protect crops from insects, researchers have found that insecticides can be designed to target specific pests without harming beneficial species like bees.

Bees can be more important than fertiliser?

Insects play a key role in the pollination of cultivated plants, and a new study suggests that they can be even more important than fertiliser.

X-rays film inside live insects in 3-D

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to obtain high-speed 3D X-ray visualisations of the flight muscles of flies.

Honeybees have a sweet claw!

Honeybees love sugar-rich nectar produced by plants, and one of the main ways they detect it is with claws on their front legs, scientists say.

Earliest fossil of copulating insects found in China

Scientists have found the oldest fossil depicting copulating insects in northeastern China, Xinhua reported citing a study published Wednesday in the US journal PLOS ONE.

United Nations urges hungry world to eat bugs

The United Nations has issued an official advice suggesting that insects can help combat food-insecurity worldwide, as they are a virtually "untapped" source of food for people.

Over 500 new species of insects identified in last eight years

More than 500 new species of insects have been identified and 10,000 visuals on insect pests documented for the development of multi-media.