Posts Tagged Insects

229 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018…

Summary from ScienceDaily.com: In 2018, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth’s complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species include 120 wasps, 34 sea slugs, 28 ants, 19 fish, seven […]

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Eating crickets can be good for your gut, according to new clinical trial…

Summary:  A new clinical trial shows that consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and that eating crickets is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body… Read ScienceDaily.com for the foil article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180803134654.htm

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Mosquitoes: Biology, Repellents & Bite Relief…

Nothing ruins a perfect summer evening like the whine of a mosquito in search of a warm meal. There are 176 species of these annoying insects in the United States and more than 3,000 species throughout the world… These little unwelcomed creatures affect all of us, read all about them here: https://www.livescience.com/45404-mosquito-bites.html

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Without Birds, Lizards, and Other Vertebrate Pollinators, Plant Reproduction Could Decline by Two-Thirds…

Intro:  Bees tend to get the most attention as pollinators critical to the survival of plant species. But lizards, mice, bats, and other vertebrates also act as important pollinators. A new study finds that fruit and seed production drops an average 63 percent when vertebrates, but not insects, are kept away from plants… Read the full […]

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After a Flood, How Do Insects and Other Invertebrates Recover?…

After a 100-year flood struck south central Oklahoma in 2015, a study of the insects, arthropods, and other invertebrates in the area revealed striking declines of most invertebrates in the local ecosystem, a result that researchers say illustrates the hidden impacts of natural disasters… Read the full article here at enn.com: https://www.enn.com/articles/54096-after-a-flood-how-do-insects-and-other-invertebrates-recover

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Why there are so many species of tropical trees and other organisms?… 

Summary:  Why does biodiversity grade from exuberance at the equator through moderation at mid-latitudes toward monotony at higher ones? Data from an international network of long-term forest dynamics research sites is finally providing an answer…  Read about this research here at ScienceDaily – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170629142949.htm

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First Bumble Bee Finally Gets the Endangered Species Protection it Desperately Needs… 

Some biodiversity news, read about it at enn.com: First Bumble Bee Finally Gets the Endangered Species Protection it Desperately Needs

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Take precautions against pesky plants, insects… 

Some everyday health advice from sciencedaily.com: Take precautions against pesky plants, insects

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Facts About Bumblebees… 

Bumblebees are large, fuzzy insects with short, stubby wings. They are larger than honeybees, but they don’t produce as much honey. However, they are very important pollinators. Without them, food wouldn’t grow…  Read more about these amazing bees at livescience.com: Facts About Bumblebees

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U.S. Lists First Bumble Bee Species as endangered… 

News update from climatecentral.org: U.S. Lists First Bumble Bee Species as Endangered

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Insects feel the heat: Scientists reveal rise in temperature affects ability to reproduce… 

Summary: Even a mild rise in temperature damages insect’s ability to reproduce, new research indicates. Insect populations in high latitude countries are the worst affected. Identifying genes linked to increased and decreased reproduction may help understand how insects cope with climate change and controlling insect pests, say the scientists…  See full article here @ sciencedaily.com: Insects feel […]

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Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: Yale Environment 360…

“Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems.” Source: Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: […]

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