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Research reveals unprecedented levels of plant-damaging insects

According to new research led by University of Wyoming scientists, insects are causing unprecedented levels of damage to plants today. The study is the first of its kind, comparing insect herbivore damage to modern-era plants with that of fossilised leaves dating back to the Late...

Parents in their prime produce the best offspring

Parents face a trade-off between putting resources into their offspring. They use resources to enhance their chances of survival so they can have more offspring. The allocation of resources depends on age. More experienced parents are better at getting food. They can pass on...

New species of incredibly rare insect discovered

A British scientist has found a new species that belongs to a set of bugs so rare that its closest relative was last seen in 1969. Dr. Alvin Helden of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) found the new species of leafhopper, which he has named as...

Scientists discover new insect species

Scientists have discovered insect Neuroterus Valhalla. It is a millimetre long. It spends 11 months of the year locked in a crypt. The insect is the first insect species to be described alongside its fully sequenced genome. Rice University researchers have discovered it. They are...

Air pollution significantly reduces pollination in plants

Air pollutants from urban and rural environments are reducing the pollinating abilities of insects. It prevents them from sniffing out the crops and wildflowers that depend on them. University of Reading, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and University of Birmingham scientists have found out...

New study overturns theory on evolution of termite brain size

Scientists have completed an analysis of the head width of more than 1500 species of termites. They have found out that their size isn't gradually shrinking at a geological timescale. Termites belong to the cockroach branch and they have split from cockroach group at the...