ARTICLES RELATING TO INSECTS

'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.

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.

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.

Butterfly census next week

2013-10-11 22:32

The eighth butterfly census will start around the country next week, with beginners and experts asked to help count, the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa says.

1 million cockroaches jump ship

2013-08-25 12:22

At least one million cockroaches have escaped a farm in China where they were being bred for use in traditional medicine.

How to get rid of rats in your home

2013-06-20 11:35

Pests are a year round problem, but the problem tends to escalate in winter. Here’s how to rat-proof your home before it gets out of hand.

Millions of moths mass on Madrid

2013-06-18 09:33

Millions of moths have engulfed Madrid in a population explosion blamed on spring rains, a sudden blast of summer heat and winds.

SA issues butterfly stamps

2013-05-16 08:51

The SA Post Office has issued stamps that celebrate butterfly species which occur in South Africa.

 

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.

10 weird new species discovered

2014-05-23 14:03

A cross between a sleek cat and a teddy bear that lives in the Andean cloud forests and an eyeless snail that lives in darkness 900m below ground rank among the top 10 new species discovered this year.

Scorpions and scorpion stings

2014-05-08 08:34

What to do when you and your child encounter a scorpion.

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.

New insect repellent found

2013-10-02 22:11

Researchers have discovered four natural mosquito repellents to succeed DEET, a compound whose origins go back to World War II.

Jumpy caterpillar shies the sun - study

2013-08-21 11:07

The larva of a Vietnamese moth has devised a unique form of transport - constructing a leaf cone and thrashing about inside to make it jump.

Early promise for malaria vaccine

2013-08-09 08:07

A new kind of malaria vaccine that mimics the effects of mosquito bites has shown early promise by offering 100% protection to a dozen human volunteers, researchers say.

Pesticides slash water life by 42% – study

2013-06-18 12:32

Pesticides may kill off water insects and other small aquatic life by as much as 42%, an analysis has shown.

Three butterfly species extinct

2013-06-06 11:01

Three butterfly species have become extinct, a newspaper has reported.

The cicadas are coming...

2013-05-14 19:46

The hordes are rising. A cicada invasion is imminent in the United States, with millions of the large cricket-like insects poised to emerge from the earth after 17 years lying in wait.

 
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