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How spider toxin can protect crops from insects

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 19:21

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?

Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12:15

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

Last Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:29

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

Female Brazilian cave insects have penises

Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014, 15:25

Researchers have discovered that the Brazilian insects, which represent four distinct but related species in the genus Neotrogla, are the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

X-rays film inside live insects in 3-D

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 18:18

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!

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 05, 2014, 16:49

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

Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013, 11:49

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.

Ants more closely related to bees than most wasps

Last Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013, 18:55

Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, scientists have discovered.

Best 3D map of Milky Way`s centre created

Last Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 18:06

Astronomers have created the best three-dimensional map yet of the central parts of the Milky Way - and found that the inner regions take on a peanut-like, or X-shaped, appearance.

German insects can foresee earthquake?

Last Updated: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 21:02

A new study has suggested ants are able to sense earthquakes before the Earth even lightly shudders.

Over 500 new species of insects identified in last eight years

Last Updated: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 13:34

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

Images of 300 million-year-old insects revealed

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 22:10

Stunning 3D images of 300 million-year-old insects have been uncovered by scientists at a British university.