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  • April 27, 2015
  • 01:39 PM
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Parasite-Infected Bumblebees Seek out Flowers with Nicotine

by beredim in Strange Animals



 A buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris

Buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in their nectar, according to a new study by researchers at the Royal Holloway University of London and Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Apparently, the nicotine in the flowers slows the progression of disease in infected bees but has ... Read more »

  • December 29, 2014
  • 12:10 PM
  • 1,869 views

8 Weird Animal Penises

by beredim in Strange Animals

Penis, the primary sexual organ that male and hermaphrodite animals use to inseminate sexually receptive mates (usually females and hermaphrodites respectively) during sex. Almost all species use some variation of the organ to transfer sperm into females' eggs in order to create more offsprings.

However, thanks to evolution, some species have come up with some really remarkable and weird ... Read more »

  • November 23, 2014
  • 10:52 AM
  • 1,306 views

Ampulex compressa: The Wasp That Turns Cockroaches Into Zombies

by beredim in Strange Animals

Jewel WaspBy Muhammad Mahdi Karim (Own work) [GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: HymenopteraSuborder: ApocritaSuperfamily: ApoideaFamily: AmpulicidaeGenus: AmpulexSpecies: Ampulex compressaCommon Name(s): Emerald cockroach wasp or jewel waspThe Emerald cockroach wasp is best known for its unusual parasitoid reproductive behavior, which among other includes stinging and injecting a cockroach with mind controlling toxins and using its ........ Read more »

  • November 6, 2014
  • 04:04 PM
  • 859 views

Researchers Design Cyborg Cockroaches for Search and Rescue Missions

by beredim in Strange Animals

Cyborg CockroachCredit: Eric Whitmire.Researchers at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) issued a press release today announcing that they have developed "cyborg" cockroaches with electronic circuit boards strapped to their backs. The cyborg cockroaches (or biobots) can be used to pick up sounds with their attached microphones and seek out their source.Hopefully, the technology will one day help emergency personnel to find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of disasters, like earthquak........ Read more »

Tahmid Latif, Eric Whitmire, Tristan Novak, and Alper Bozkurt. (2014) Towards Fenceless Boundaries for Solar Powered Insect Biobots. Aug. 28 at 36th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, Chicago, Illinois . info:/

  • July 6, 2014
  • 11:07 AM
  • 980 views

New Species of Spider Wasp Uses Ant Corpses to Protect Its Nests

by beredim in Strange Animals

A newly discovered wasp species uses the corpses of dead ants as scarecrows, to protect its nest from predators, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Freiburg. Scientifically described as Deuteragenia ossarium and dubbed as the Bone-house wasp, the species uses the chemical cues from ant corpses to ward off predators, by stuffing them into the crevices of its home. The species was discovered in Jiangxi Province in south east China.Wasps use a wide range of ........ Read more »

  • March 1, 2011
  • 06:27 PM
  • 2,138 views

The tiniest of moths

by Chris Grinter in The Skeptical Moth

The family Nepticulidae hold some of the smallest moths known, ranging from 3-8mm wing-tip to wing-tip.  For a comparison I have imaged two moths above: the largest known – Coscinocera hercules that tips the scales at nearly 9 inches, and one of the smallest (yes that tiny little speck below . . . → Read More: The tiniest of moths... Read more »

  • February 28, 2011
  • 03:46 PM
  • 1,063 views

Glasswing, the transparent butterfly (Greta oto)

by beredim in Stem Cells Freak

The glasswing butterfly (Greta oto) is a strange species of butterfly occurring in the rainforests of Central America, from Mexico to Panama, and Costa Rica, and as far south as Venezuela. It's best known for its unique transparent wings. Post contains extensive information, images and videos of this magnificent animal.... Read more »

Binetti VR, Schiffman JD, Leaffer OD, Spanier JE, & Schauer CL. (2009) The natural transparency and piezoelectric response of the Greta oto butterfly wing. Integrative biology : quantitative biosciences from nano to macro, 1(4), 324-9. PMID: 20023733  

  • October 6, 2010
  • 12:57 PM
  • 1,616 views

Acanthaspis petax and the amazing technicolor corpsecoat

by Matt Soniak in mattsoniak.com

Ed Yong recently reposted his fantastic 2008 post on assassin bug camouflage to keep us entertained while he’s away. I covered the same paper on an old incarnation of my blog, and can’t resist joining in on the reposting fun. Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News also has a post about it.
Remember that scene [...]... Read more »

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