Under Extinction Pressure: Rare Australian bee found after 100 years

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  • February 25, 2021
  • A widespread field search for a rare Australian native bee (Pharohylaeus lactiferus) that had not been recorded for almost a century found the species has been there all along – but is probably under increasing pressure to survive. Prior to this study, only six individuals had been found, with the last published record of this Australian endemic bee species, from 1923 in Queensland.

    New DNA barcoding project aims at tracking down the “dark taxa” of Germany’s insect fauna

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  • February 3, 2021
  • New dynamic article collection at Biodiversity Data Journal is already accumulating the project’s findings About 1.4 million species of animals are currently known, but it is generally accepted that this figure grossly underestimates the actual number of species in existence, which likely ranges between five and thirty million species, or even 100 million.  Meanwhile, a […]

    Death from below: the first video of a parasitic wasp attacking caterpillar underwater

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  • November 4, 2020
  • Named after fictional monster Godzilla, a parasitic wasp becomes the first observed and filmed to dive underwater for several seconds, in order to attack and pull out caterpillar hosts, so that it can lay its eggs inside them before releasing them back in the water.

    First Australian night bees recorded foraging under the cover of darkness

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  • November 2, 2020
  • Original post by Flinders University, Australia Australian bees are known for pollinating plants on beautiful sunny days, but a new study has identified two species that have adapted their vision for night-time conditions for the first time. The study by a team of ecology researchers has observed night time foraging behaviour by a nomiine (Reepenia […]

    A new species of Darwin wasp from Mexico named in observance of the 2020 quarantine period

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  • October 8, 2020
  • “We thought that it was a good idea to remember this extraordinary year through the name of one remarkable species of Darwin wasp found in seven Mexican States (including Tamaulipas, where the UAT campus is located) and also Guatemala,” comment the researchers who discovered the previously unknown species.

    What is the Asian hornet invasion going to cost Europe?

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  • April 6, 2020
  • Consensus climate suitability of the yellow-legged hornet predicted from species distribution modelling

    Since its accidental introduction in 2003 in France, the yellow-legged Asian hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax is rapidly spreading through Europe. In a new paper, published in the open-access journal Neobiota, French scientists try to estimate the costs of the invasion regarding the potential damage to apiculture and pollination services.

    All microgastrinae wasps from around the world finally together in a 1,089-page monograph

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  • March 24, 2020
  • With 3,000 known species and thousands more left to describe, the wasps of the subfamily Microgastrinae are the single most important group of parasitoids attacking the larvae of butterflies and moths, many of which are economically important pests. Consequently, these wasps have a significant impact on both the world’s economy and biodiversity. Due to their […]

    How quickly do flower strips in cities help the local bees?

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  • March 2, 2020
  • Insects rely on a mix of floral resources for survival. Populations of bees, butterflies, and flies are currently rapidly decreasing due to the loss of flower-rich meadows. In order to deal with the widespread loss of fauna, the European Union supports “greening” measures, for example, the creation of flower strips. A group of scientists from the University […]

    Faster than a speeding bullet: Asian hornet invasion spreads to Northern Germany

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  • February 5, 2020
  • The specimen of collected in Hamburg

    Known to prey on many insects, including honey bees and other beneficiary species, the Asian hornet, which had recently invaded parts of Europe, presents a serious threat to apiculture and even to ecosystems. In their paper, published in the open-access journal Evolutionary Systematics, German scientists share concerns about this fast invader spreading to the north. In early September 2019, a single specimen was collected alive in Hamburg (Germany), representing the northernmost find of the species so far.

    19th-century bee cells in a Panamanian cathedral shed light on human impact on ecosystems

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  • January 27, 2020
  • About 120 clusters of 19th-century orchid bee nests were found during restoration work on the altarpiece of Basilica Cathedral in Casco Viejo (Panamá). Having conducted the first pollen analysis for these extremely secretive insects, the researchers identified the presence of 48 plant species, representing 23 families.