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The Cicada Killers Are Coming

The Cicada Killers Are Coming | Entomology | Scoop.it
Forget the cicadas. Right now, the insects who eat them are about to invade suburbia. These creatures have some of the oddest behaviors you've ever seen.
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Despite the headline this is actually an excellent article.

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Guatemala News | Could caterpillars be the new beef?

Guatemala News | Could caterpillars be the new beef? | Entomology | Scoop.it
A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls to eat more insects. Edible insects are now being aggressively promoted as a low-fat, high-protein food for people, pets and livestock.

Via Ana C. Day
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Titanium insect replica to help study bugs - Hindustan Times

Titanium insect replica to help study bugs - Hindustan Times | Entomology | Scoop.it
The CSIRO research would soon enable them to handle and examine bugs in large scale detail
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Fascinating idea. Being able to examine an insect with your eyes NOT jammed against a microscope.

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Insects

Insects | Entomology | Scoop.it
high-quality insect imagery
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Do you love insects? Do you love photography? Here's a website that shows you what you can do if you do.

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See Inside a Chrysalis as it Develops Into a Butterfly [Video] - Discover Magazine (blog)

See Inside a Chrysalis as it Develops Into a Butterfly [Video] - Discover Magazine (blog) | Entomology | Scoop.it
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See Inside a Chrysalis as it Develops Into a Butterfly [Video]
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The pupae studied were Vanessa cardui, destined to become Painted Lady butterflies.
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This is pretty cool. What's going on inside there?

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Snug as a Bug in a Bug in a Bug

Snug as a Bug in a Bug in a Bug | Entomology | Scoop.it
The citrus mealybug looks like a walking dandruff flake, or perhaps a woodlouse that’s been rolled in flour. It’s also the insect version of a Russian nesting doll. If you look inside its cells, yo...
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Bacteria and bugs. They're both everywhere.

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Three-year insect inventory of a Costa Rican rainforest now underway

Three-year insect inventory of a Costa Rican rainforest now underway | Entomology | Scoop.it
An ambitious three-year insect inventory of a Costa Rican rainforest, funded by a $900,000 National Science Foundation, is now underway. Led by Drs.
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Good to hear.

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Panama Forest Boasts Tens of Thousands of Arthropod Species - ScienceNOW

Panama Forest Boasts Tens of Thousands of Arthropod Species - ScienceNOW | Entomology | Scoop.it
Panama Forest Boasts Tens of Thousands of Arthropod Species - ScienceNOW
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Amazing although not a total shock. Great bit of research reported here.

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Oldest Known Insect Camouflage Dates Back 110 Million Years | Paleontology ... - Sci-News.com

Oldest Known Insect Camouflage Dates Back 110 Million Years | Paleontology ... - Sci-News.com | Entomology | Scoop.it
Sci-News.comOldest Known Insect Camouflage Dates Back 110 Million Years | Paleontology ...Sci-News.comIt is covered by a tangle of plant filaments that it collected with its jaws to form a defensive shield and camouflage itself.
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Pushes back the date for this behaviour. However, that is not to say that it started at this time, necessarily.

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BBC - Future - Science & Environment - Honey changes everything - BBC News

BBC - Future - Science & Environment - Honey changes everything - BBC News | Entomology | Scoop.it
BBC - Future - Science & Environment - Honey changes everythingBBC NewsYet these little insects are causing a buzz by helping thousands of rural farmers in East Africa.
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A great positive story about bees and their boon to African economies.

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Researchers partner with farmers to start edible insect breeding

Researchers partner with farmers to start edible insect breeding | Entomology | Scoop.it
In many parts of Uganda, insects are already popular as food, however, they are generally harvested manually in the wild which makes them expensive, seasonal and vulnerable to extinction.
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Entomophagy is practiced in many countries outside of the "west".

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Antkey | ID guide | introduced ants

Antkey | ID guide | introduced ants | Entomology | Scoop.it
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What kind of ant is that crawling in my garden or in my kitchen? Now you can figure it out, provided it's fairly common. This is not an exhaustive resource but a great place to start.

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'King of Wasps' found in Indonesia: Two-and-a-half inch monster has jaws longer than its legs

'King of Wasps' found in Indonesia: Two-and-a-half inch monster has jaws longer than its legs | Entomology | Scoop.it
A new species of wasp discovered on the Indonesian island Sulawesi is two-and-a-half inches long, and has jaws so vast that its discoverer admits, 'I don't know how it can walk.'
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Fascinating.

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Beef vs. bugs | Environment | DW.DE | 10.07.2013

Beef vs. bugs | Environment | DW.DE | 10.07.2013 | Entomology | Scoop.it
Insects have been proposed as an environmentally friendly nutrition source to feed the world's growing population. But how do they compare with a more common food in European and North American countries - beef?
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Interesting slide show.

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Buglife | Welcome to Buglife

Buglife | Welcome to Buglife | Entomology | Scoop.it
Welcome to Buglife
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Interested in insects and making sure they exist into the future? Check out buglife. You, too, can prevent extinction.

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Xerces Society: Wilsonville Bees Died From Pesticide Poisoning

Xerces Society: Wilsonville Bees Died From Pesticide Poisoning | Entomology | Scoop.it
Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, said he has confirmed the thousands of dead bees found Monday in a Wilsonville parking lot died from pesticide poisoning.
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A disturbing news item. As it says in the article "unfortunately this is not that uncommon". We need to protect the bees.

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The Bees Needs

The Bees Needs | Entomology | Scoop.it
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Bees are the most important pollinators. Want to help bees? This is based out of Colorado but I like what they're doing here. How can you help bees where you live.

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Research predicts growth, survival of 'superorganism' ant colonies

Research predicts growth, survival of 'superorganism' ant colonies | Entomology | Scoop.it
Smaller ant colonies tend to live faster, die younger and burn up more energy than their larger counterparts, as do the individual ants that make up those colonies, according to new research that views the colonies as “superorganisms” in which...
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very cool -- colonies as organisms.

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Cicadas' Cycles Control Their Predators - ScienceNOW

Cicadas' Cycles Control Their Predators - ScienceNOW | Entomology | Scoop.it
Cicadas' Cycles Control Their Predators - ScienceNOW
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Very interesting and unexpected.

 

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New Zealand insect has whale-like ears › News in Science (ABC Science)

New Zealand insect has whale-like ears › News in Science (ABC Science) | Entomology | Scoop.it
The iconic New Zealand cricket-like weta has ears similar to those of a whale, researchers have found.
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It has a very peculiar way, for an insect, of hearing.

 

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Could insects soon form part of our regular diet? - Metro

Could insects soon form part of our regular diet? - Metro | Entomology | Scoop.it
Could insects soon form part of our regular diet?MetroWe're more accustomed to killing insects than eating them but how about choosing an alternative meat source for dinner this Christmas?
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Another article referencing entomophagy, with recipes even.

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Replacing lemur meat with insect protein in Madagascar

Replacing lemur meat with insect protein in Madagascar | Entomology | Scoop.it
Poaching is a major threat to endangered lemurs in some parts of Madagascar, but a group has come up with an innovative solution to the problem: replace lemur meat with silkworm pupae, a byproduct of silk production..
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Another, though brief, story on entomophagy.

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C.J. prabhakar's curator insight, March 6, 2014 3:01 AM

an example of how we can address local problems using dual benefits of fibre (silk) and food(replacing meat from dangerously placed animals)using silkworms-SEPHALI shows the way to the world

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Grasshoppers Adapt Their Love Songs to Overcome Roadside Noise

Grasshoppers Adapt Their Love Songs to Overcome Roadside Noise | Entomology | Scoop.it
Even in the laboratory, male bow-winged grasshoppers collected from roadsides produce mating calls with higher-frequency components that counter the masking effect of traffic noises.
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100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Found in Amber : Discovery News

100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Found in Amber : Discovery News | Entomology | Scoop.it
The dinosaur-age scene was frozen in time by a drop of resin.
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