Rarely-seen event of ant brood parasitism by scuttle flies video-documented

  • January 31, 2017
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    While many species of scuttle flies are associated with ants, their specific interactions with their hosts are largely unknown. Brood parasitism (attacking the immature stages, rather than the adult ants), for example, is an extremely rarely observed and little-studied phenomenon. However, a research team from the USA and Brazil, led by Dr. Brian Brown, Natural […]

    American scientists discover the first Antarctic ground beetle

  • November 28, 2016
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    Fossilised forewings from two individuals, discovered on the Beardmore Glacier, revealed the first ground beetle known from the southernmost continent. It is also the second beetle for the Antarctic insect fauna with living descendants. The new species, which for now is also the sole representative of a new genus, is to be commonly known as […]

    New Chinese leaf-roller weevil does not know how to roll leaves

  • July 5, 2016
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    A long-term project on insect-seed interactions, currently being carried out by researchers of the Institute of Zoology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in a subtropical forest near Dujiangyan City, Sichuan, China, revealed the presence of larvae of an unknown weevil species eating the seeds in the pods of a shrubby legume. Scientists from the Institute of Zoology, […]

    Critically Endangered and ancient Himalayan wolf needs global conservation attention

  • April 25, 2016
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    Although the Himalayan wolf is visibly distinct from its European cousin, its current distribution has mostly been a matter of assumption, rather than evident truth. The most ancient wolf lineage, known to science, has been listed as Critically Endangered in the National Red List. Now, an international research team, led by Madhu Chetri, graduate student […]

    Tracing the ancestry of dung beetles

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    One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by an entomologist from Western Kentucky University. The study by Dr T. Keith Philips, recently published in the open access journal ZooKeys, […]

    Huge organs defy austerity for tiny cave snails in the subterranean realm

  • December 8, 2015
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    While most of the knowledge about tiny snails comes from studying empty shells sifted out from piles of dust and sand, the present research is the first contemporary microscopic exploration of organs in cave snails tinier than 2 mm. The paper, published in the open-access journal Subterranean Biology, reveals that underneath the seemingly fragile shells […]