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Refuge colonies created for bees

2014-10-30 14:42

An environmental group in Chile has started a campaign to save bees by establishing refuge reserves and promoting urban flower planting.

SA pins hopes on small Brazilian bug

2014-10-11 11:44

Researchers have released several small Brazilian bugs into the wild, marking the start of a campaign to halt the spread of an alien invasive plant infesting parts of SA.

Experts expect rebound in monarch butterflies

2014-10-02 22:29

Experts say deforestation in Mexico is down, as a result experts say a rebound is expected for monarch butterflies.

Honeybee genome throws up survival clues

2014-08-25 19:40

Honeybees probably originated in Asia, say scientists who have teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators' genome that they hope can be used to protect it.

French company delivers first synthetic malaria drug

2014-08-13 09:40

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has announced the delivery of the first anti-malaria drugs using a semi-synthetic version of their key ingredient to millions of patients in Africa.

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

2014-08-08 05:00

A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the US are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a Lone Star tick.

'For protein I prefer insects to meat'

2014-07-28 11:35

In Gambela market shoppers can find insects for every occasion, from unctuous white weevil larvae for fancy dinners to crispy caterpillars and snacky termites that stick in your teeth.

Wonder drug that may stop you from getting drunk

2014-07-17 14:35

Mutant worms generated at a lab at the US may provide a pathway to prevent people from becoming intoxicated after drinking alcohol, a study says.

Plants sense predators & defend themselves: Study

2014-07-10 09:27

Scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered that the mustard plant can discern the sound waves predators make when feeding and defend themselves by creating a chemical repellant.

Top 5 insects you should be eating

2014-07-08 14:50

Scientists have long argued the virtues of eating insects as an alternative source of nutrition. Not only are insects cheap, they are filled with proteins, good fats, vitamins and minerals.

Insect farms: A new industry in SA

2014-07-03 11:00

Work on the world's largest fly farm has begun in Cape Town after the European firm behind the project won funding from investors, propelling the use of insects as livestock feed.

New hope in fight against malaria

2014-05-26 12:21

Scientists seeking a vaccine against malaria, which kills a child every minute in Africa, have developed a promising new approach intended to imprison the disease.

Ear today, gone tomorrow

2014-05-07 15:21

What do you do when an annoying little insect has crept into your ear or one of the kids has pushed a bead up his nose?

Genetic code of bloodsucking tsetse fly cracked

2014-04-25 09:47

Scientists say they have cracked the genetic code of the tsetse fly, potentially helping to tackle one of sub-Saharan Africa's most devastating livestock diseases as well as human sleeping sickness.

Bolivia villagers use fire ants on thieves

2014-04-14 22:39

Bolivian authorities say Amazon villagers have nearly killed two young men with venomous ants, tying them to a tree swarming with the insects for allegedly stealing motorcycles.

Crickets take over Cape Town

2014-04-08 21:37

The increasing cricket population in Cape Town has become a nuisance but they are harmless, the city said on Tuesday.

Sex-change to combat one of Australia's worst pests

2014-03-22 17:01

Scientists have hit on a new way to combat one of Australia's worst pests - create a male-only line.

Mexico, US, Canada promise Monarch butterfly protection

2014-02-20 11:30

Mexico, the US and Canada have agreed to form a working group on the conservation of Monarch butterflies, whose numbers have fallen to record lows.

Writers beg for monarch butterflies' protection

2014-02-14 11:40

Dozens of scientists, artists, writers and environmentalists have urged the leaders of Mexico, Canada and the US to devote part of their meeting to discussing ways to protect the Monarch butterfly.

Watch out for head lice on your child

2014-01-27 13:55

It's that time of year when your children are back at school – and you need to be on the lookout for head lice.

Sloth takes slothfulness to new height

2014-01-22 11:20

Scientists have discovered a symbiotic relationship, between the three toed sloth and the moths that burrow their eggs in its dung, that may explain the lethargic nature of the slow animal.

Photo of the day: Nature’s masquerade

2014-01-07 12:07

Before you bend down to smell the pretty little flower, ensure that it’s not a camouflaged creature ready to bite or scratch you.

German company challenges EU pesticide ban

2013-11-06 08:04

German chemicals group BASF says it has launched a legal challenge against the European Commission's ban of BASF's insecticide fipronil, imposed in July.

Bugs aren't gay, they're just confused

2013-10-23 10:47

Many species of insects and spiders engage in homosexual behaviour, but it is unclear what role evolution plays in this curious situation.

 

Katie Melua finds spider living in her ear

2014-11-02 21:16

Katie Melua has revealed that a doctor removed a live spider from her ear, which had been living there for a week, after she complained about hearing shuffling noises. CHECK IT OUT...

Organic fertiliser helps Monarch Butterflies

2014-10-21 10:56

Using an organic fertiliser, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies.

Hundreds of thousands of bees sting man to death

2014-10-09 17:31

A swarm estimated at hundreds of thousands of bees have attacked and killed a landscape gardener and seriously injured another outside a home in southern Arizona.

Locusts plague Madagascar capital

2014-08-29 05:00

A thick grey swarm of locusts has engulfed Madagascar's capital, sending children scuttling and causing florists to burn tyres in panic.

Edible insects give Thailand's farmers new hope

2014-08-25 15:06

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in Thailand, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs.

Drought may reverse drop in Nevada tree beetles

2014-08-11 14:33

Scientists say there's been a significant reduction in the amount of Nevada forest under assault from bark beetles and similar bugs, but they fear lingering drought will further weaken the trees.

Bees provide solution to Airbus' pollution problem

2014-07-31 13:20

Beehives are placed near an airport runway in Hamburg to measure pollution levels on behalf of aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus.

Nicotine pesticides phased out due to bee threat

2014-07-22 10:53

Federal wildlife refuges in the US will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.

Honeybees are vital to Karoo onion farmers

2014-07-10 13:46

The honeybee provides a cost-free and valuable service to onion-seed farmers in the Klein Karoo, according to a conservation ecology student at Stellenbosch University.

Bee-harming pesticides also hit birds

2014-07-09 23:15

Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations.

Wasp builds home with ant skeletons

2014-07-03 12:28

Scientists say they have identified a new species of spider wasp in China with grim conduct unlike any other creature. It crams the outermost chamber of its nests with piles of dead ants.

Pesticides kill bees, then brids what next?

2014-06-24 13:50

Neurotoxic pesticides blamed for the world's bee collapse are also harming butterflies, fish and birds, says a scientific review that called for tighter regulation to curb their use.

Madagascar plagued by locusts

2014-05-19 07:39

Madagascan authorities have been forced to look at new and innovative ways to deal with a massive locust invasion.

Mother Nature's serial killers

2014-04-29 10:35

Have you ever wondered what is the world’s deadliest animal? Below is a list of the creatures that give the angel of death a run for his money.

Concerns over thousands of honeybee deaths

2014-04-24 08:33

US authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of potentially thousands of honeybees along a highway, the second die-off of bees in the state in less than a year.

Man covered with 460 000 bees for honey stunt

2014-04-10 14:50

A Chinese beekeeper covered his semi-naked body in more than 460 000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at selling more of his honey.

How the zebra earned its stripes

2014-04-01 21:11

Zebras have stripes to deter the tsetse and other blood-sucking flies, according to a fresh bid to settle a debate that has raged among biologists for over 140 years.

Gene identified for butterfly wing mimicry

2014-03-05 22:49

To fool predators, some butterflies create wing color patterns that make them resemble their unpalatable cousins.

Bumblebees dying all over the world

2014-02-20 11:19

Wild populations of bumblebees provide a significant chunk of the world's pollination of flowers and food, but numbers appear to be in significant decline.

Watch out for head lice on your child

2014-02-08 05:00

It's that time of year when your children are back at school or settling into a new school – and you need to be on the lookout for head lice.

Watch out for head lice on your child

2014-01-27 10:02

It's that time of year when your children are back at school or settling into a new school – and you need to be on the lookout for head lice.

Photo of the day: Nature’s masquerade

2014-01-07 12:52

Before you bend down to smell the pretty little flower, ensure that it’s not a camouflaged creature ready to bite or scratch you.

NYC cockroach can survive frigid winters

2013-12-09 21:40

A species of cockroach native to Asia that has been seen crawling around an outdoor tourist destination in New York City can survive the city's often brutal winters.

Bugs aren't gay, they're just confused

2013-10-23 21:15

Many species of insects and spiders engage in homosexual behaviour, but it is unclear what role evolution plays in this curious situation.

Rare mosquito fossil filled with blood

2013-10-14 22:38
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A unique 46-million-year-old mosquito fossil with a belly full of dried blood has been found in a Montana riverbed, US researchers say.

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