Eyes surprise: fossil eyes from a 54 million year old cranefly.
Lindgren et al./Nature
Fossil flies from what is now Denmark reveal some striking similarities between insect eyes 54 million years ago, and our own vision today.
Scientific testing has zeroed in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat.
How the zebra got its stripes is not only a just-so story, but an object of scientific inquiry. New research suggests that stripes help zebras evade biting flies and the deadly diseases they carry.
Does it really pay to spray?
It's easy to whip out the fly spray, but our fondness for pesticides can bring knock-on effects such as increased resistance, and harming beneficial insects in and around our homes.
When a fly’s feeling hungry, it will land on its food and vomit out a mix of saliva and stomach acids.
Bush flies and blowflies all vomit on their food, but other flies are a little more polite at the dinner table and don’t vomit at all.
Harry Kane celebrating after scoring the winning goal against Tunisia in Volgograd, Russia.
EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Footballers came under attack from a swarm of flies on the Volgograd pitch. But there's more to midges and gnats than meets the eye.
Flies will often sleep on the underside of leaves, to escape from heat and predators.
Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC
Flies need good grip because they often sleep upside down.
A fly’s eye view of a rapidly approaching swatter.
Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology)
Why are flies so easily able to evade our attempts to swat them?
A scourge of kitchens everywhere,
Drosophila melanogaster — the common fruit fly — stares down the electron microscope that captured its image.
How do you rid your kitchen of pesky
fruit flies? A scientist who researches them explains.
Flower flies are native pollinators.
While the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an increase in the average temperature this summer, entomologists are forecasting an increase in insect activity.
Many more where these came from.
A good summer picnic, bushwalk or barbecue with friends and family can all be ruined by those annoying flies that never leave you alone. So what are they after?
They land on dead animals and poop, and then on our food. If we see a fly on our Christmas lunch, should we throw it away?
It only takes a single fly to alight on your picnic lunch to make you uneasy about what germs may have landed with it. But what harm can come from a fly landing on your food? Should you throw it away?
Insects are key to holding the food chain together. Without them, much of what we eat today won’t exist.
Without insects the food chain would diminish and we would have very little fruit and vegetables to eat.
A male Onthophagus vacca, the species of dung beetle being released this week in Western Australia.
The average cow drops between 10 and 12 dung pads (also known as “pats”) every day and just one of those cow pads can produce up to 3,000 flies in a fortnight. With more than 28 million cattle in Australia…
The evolutionary driver for zebras’ black-and-white stripes has been identified as biting flies, including horseflies and…
The fly larva brain’s ability to process visual information can make up for low visual input. Researchers discovered that…
Mutations in the gene BTBD9 which is believed to be associated with restless legs syndrome (RLS) in humans has been found…
Pulses of steroid hormones are responsible for differentiating an insect’s lifecycle metamorphoses, researchers at Washington…
Flies are three times more attracted to the colour blue than they are to yellow. Researchers used these findings to develop…
What’s in a name? A whole lot of booty, and some Latin, as it happens.
Late last week CSIRO announced that a new species of horse fly had been named after pop diva Beyoncé’s bottom. The story generated a real buzz across traditional and social media both in Australia and…