Plants have evolved techniques for protecting themselves from heat and insect attacks – but when both these stresses happen at once, one defense may neutralize the other.
The game is a fantastic metaphor for understanding how extinctions cause ecosystems to become more fragile.
You’ve probably seen ants marching over your kitchen bench this summer. Should you get out the insecticide, or learn to live with them?
Wet and bulky cattle dung is very unlike marsupial dung that Australian dung beetles are adapted to deal with, meaning native dung beetles tend to leave it alone. But help from abroad is at hand.
Insect populations are falling as what they eat becomes more like iceberg lettuce and less like kale.
Bees aren't the only species that has a queen.
Insects are essential to the functioning of land and freshwater ecosystems but species populations are being lost at a rapid rate globally.
In NSW, honeybees are listed as a key threatening process to biodiversity.
First come the beetles, then the birds: how nature is surviving, and thriving, after a summer of fires.
While many surveys show the numbers of wildlife falling, there is good news for some species – including pondskaters and various mosses and lichen.
A new study has found that European and North American bumblebee populations have shrank by a third since 1970.
A swarm of honeybees can provide valuable lessons about how a group of many individuals can work together to accomplish a task, even with no one in charge. Roboticists are taking notes.
Nuisance-biting and mosquito-borne disease are ongoing concerns for health authorities. But an effective citizen science program is now showing how all of us can help beat the bite of mozzies.
Your taste for cheese and yoghurt may never have been satisfied were it not for illicit microbial sex.
Moths and insects cluster around lights at night. Why?
Insects are vital to sustaining life on Earth – and their numbers are falling fast. So consider ditching the fly spray and see what you can do to help.
Mosquitoes have intricate and essential relationships with plants. Understanding their important work as pollinators would help to understand their role in different ecosystems.
There needs to be more awareness of the benefits of insects as food, and support for farming and markets.
How do we know that bees were around when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth? The main evidence comes from fossils – the mineralized remains of long-dead organisms.
Certain wasps and flies which lay their eggs in specific species such as aphids could be a sustainable form of pest control.