Tag: research

Not all mosquitoes are the same

Welcome to the second day of World Malaria Day [week] at the Bug Blog! I’ve talked several times about the way in which different mosquitoes respond differently to pesticides for malarial control, but here’s a […]

New malaria research

So much new and interesting malaria research has been coming out lately, I thought I’d post some as we approach World Malaria Day.  Here’s an assortment of research that shows how knowledge of basic mosquito […]

Shiny! (not in a good way, alas)

A lot of discussion occurs about “light pollution” at night, but some recent research suggests there’s another issue–polarized light pollution during the day. Smooth, dark buildings, vehicles and even roads can be mistaken by insects […]

Not a bee breakthrough…

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about this news story: “Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse? ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2009) — For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) […]

Monday Morning Earwig Genital Cringe

One of the many, many reasons I love insects is that they are just plain weird and kinky.   (What? I don’t think that implies anything about my personality!) Today, we look at earwig mating habits. […]

Diverse Landscapes are better

PNAS recently published a really interesting paper that estimated what the cost was, in terms of ecosystem services, of planting all that corn for ethanol production. Basically, when you plant just one crop, you reduce […]

An automated louse feeder

Recently, someone wrote to Skepchick and declared: “Creativity will never come from the skeptics corner.” This is someone who clearly hasn’t actually practiced science, because every single project I’ve ever been involved with has involved […]

Bees and transgenics

Following up on my earlier post about imported bumblebees escaping from their greenhouses and spreading pathogens in the native bee community, we have new research about how bees could facilitate the transport of genetically modified […]

Biocontrol and unanticipated consequences

An interesting story (and podcast!) in the news today: Biocontrol agents, such as insects, are often released outside of their native ranges to control invasive plants. …As early as 1971, U.S. scientists began releasing gallflies […]