Rainfall in Africa drives the growth of plants that allow painted lady butterflies to make their flight to Europe and back each year. Continue reading Rainfall in Africa Drives Butterfly Populations in Europe
Large bumblebees remember flowers with high sugar nectar better, while small bumblebees remember the locations of all flowers equally. Continue reading Large Bumblebees Remember the High Sugar Flowers
Researchers implemented an artificial pheromone system to allow robots to communicate within a swarm. Continue reading Robot Swarms Communicate with Artificial Pheromones
Ant colonies exposed to certain insecticides become smaller and weaker after a year. Are they another casualty in the war against crop-damaging pests.? Continue reading Who knew? Insecticides negatively impact ant colonies, too!
by Fernanda Ferreira figures by Shannon McArdel Semper augustus was once the most coveted flower in Holland . The Dutch were used to single-hued tulips, collectively called Couleren, but Semper augustus was something else. With its splashes of red on white, this bi-colored or variegated tulip became the symbol of tulipomania, a brief period during the Dutch Golden Age when a single tulip bulb could … Continue reading Plant Viruses: An oft-forgotten threat to food security
by Fernanda Ferreira figures by Krissy Lyon The young, scaly creature bursts from the torso of its doomed host in a mix of guts and blood and stares blinkingly at its new environment. For most people the sentence above describes a famous scene from Ridley Scott’s Alien, but for many insects it’s a daily reality. The inspiration for H.R. Giger’s nightmarish alien comes from one … Continue reading Insect Zoopharmacognosy: Finding medicine where you least expect it