Insect News

New Zealand Parasitoid Wasp Named After Draco Malfoy (October 10, 2017): A newly discovered species of parasitoid wasp in New Zealand has been named after Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter.

Eye Disease Transmitting Oriental Eye Fly Found in China (August 24, 2017): Scientists have found a fly capable of transmitting conjunctivitis and other eye diseases in China for the first. New grass fly species were also discovered.

Fire Ants Build Sinking Eiffel Towers When Trying to Escape (July 12, 2017): Scientists observe fire ants building sinking Eiffel towers when attempting to escape and they need to move vertically.

Study Finds Praying Mantises Kill and Eat Small Birds (July 5, 2017): A recent study has found that many species of praying mantises around the world hunt, kill and eat small birds.

Ancient Wasp Species Discovered in Amber Named After Ziggy Stardust (June 26, 2017): An ancient was species discovered in Burmese amber has been named after David Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

Scientists Genetically Engineer Glow-in-the-Dark Mosquito Killing Fungus to Produce Spider and Scorpion Venom (June 15, 2017): Scientists have genetically engineered a glow-in-the-dark mosquito killing fungus to produce toxins from spiders and scorpions.

Scientists Make Robotic Backpacks for Dragonflies (June 8, 2017): Scientists have made robotic backpacks for dragonflies. These backpacks connect to the dragonfly's nervous system making it a steerable drone.

Scientists Use CRISPR to Create Red-Eyed Mutant Wasps (April 25, 2017): Scientists created mutant wasps with red eyes using CRISPR gene-slicing technology.

Scientists Discover a Fungus Gnat Paradise in Peruvian Amazon (April 12, 2017): Scientists have discovered an environment that is a paradise for fungus gnats in the Peruvian Amazon.

Insect With Triangular Head Preserved in 100 Million Year Old Amber (January 26, 2017): Scientists have discovered an insect with a triangular head preserved in 100 million year old amber. A new order was created for the unusual insect.

Ants Use the Sun for Guidance When Walking Backwards (January 19, 2017): Scientists have discovered that ants rely on the sun and their memories when walking backwards to their nest.

New Moth Species Named After Donald Trump (January 18, 2017): A new species of moth has been named after President-elect Donald J. Trump.

New Species of Assassin Fly Discovered in South Africa (December 6, 2016): A new species of Assassin Fly has been discovered in South Africa

New Dragonfly Species Discovered in Brazil (October 26, 2016): Scientists have discovered a new species of dragonfly in Brazil. It has a waxy body coating.

Newly Discovered Millipede Species Has 414 Legs, 200 Poison Glands and Four Penises (October 24, 2016): Scientists have discovered a new millipede species in a California cave. It has 414 legs and four penises.

Termitologists Discover New Termite Species in Colombia (October 21, 2016): A new termite species has been discovered in Colombia. It has been named after a fictional town in a Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez novel.

Ancient Wingless Wasp Preserved in 100 Million Year Old Amber (October 13, 2016): Scientists have discovered an ancient wingless wasp preserved in 100 million year old amber. Researchers created a new family for the unique wasp.

Crane Fly With Double-Barreled Penis Discovered in Australia (September 29, 2016): A crane fly with a double-barreled penis has been discovered in Australia. It is a new genus and species.

Little Devil Frog Vomits Up New Ant Species for Scientists (September 25, 2016): Scientists discovered a new species of ant inside the belly of a poison tree frog.

New Golden Tree Ant Species from Hong Kong (August 14, 2016): Scientists have identified a new species of Golden Tree Ant from Hong Kong. It is named Paratopula bauhinia.

New Spiny Ant Species Named After Game of Thrones Dragons (July 27, 2016): Two new species of ants with large spines were named after dragons in the Game of Thrones series.

New Species of Flesh Fly Discovered in a Human Corpse (July 20, 2016): Scientists have discovered three new species of flesh flies in Brazil and Argentina. One of them was found on a human corpse.

Insect Shed Its Exoskeleton to Escape Tree Sap Tomb (July 19, 2016): An insect similar to a walking stick shed its exoskeleton to escape a tree sap tomb 50 million years ago.

Camouflaged Insects Found in 100 Million Year Old Amber Fossils (July 6, 2016): 100 million year old amber fossils show that ancient insects also used camouflage to hide from prey or predators.

New Weevil Discovered in Subtropical Forest in China (July 5, 2016): Scientists have discovered a new weevil in China. It eats the seeed in the pods of a shrubby legume.

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