Ants mastered agriculture 30 million yrs before man

2017-04-13 07:59

Ants cultivated designer crops in controlled environments millions of years before humans figured out how to push seeds into the ground to grow food, scientists say.

Rare butterfly killer convicted in Britain

2017-03-17 16:46

A British man has been convicted of capturing and killing two of Britain's rarest butterflies, the endangered Large Blues, which have been a prized collector's item since the Victorian era.

Ants are expert navigators, even walking backwards

2017-01-21 14:29

Despite their tiny size, ants are sophisticated navigators that can find their way even while walking backwards, and these skills could help inspire better robots, scientists say.

Thai farmers launch sting operation to stop elephant raids

2016-08-25 20:02

To stop wild elephants rampaging through their crops, farmers in Thailand have put up electric fences, burst firecrackers and even changed crops, but to no avail. So they've decided on Plan Bee...

Zoo releases last summer batch of threatened butterflies

2016-08-09 16:17

The Oregon Zoo has released the last batch of its zoo-raised Oregon silverspot butterflies into the wild after a summer programme aimed at boosting their numbers.

Science analyses rare rapport between birds, people

2016-07-21 22:59

For generations, people in Africa have partnered with wild birds called honeyguides to find bee hives and honey, and scientists say they have analysed this rare rapport for the first time.

Cayman Islands to deploy GM mosquitoes

2016-05-06 18:01

Genetically modified mosquitoes will be deployed in the Cayman Islands to control the insect species that spreads Zika, dengue and other diseases.

Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em

2016-04-19 18:01

Mozzies. Skeeters. Stingers. Whatever you call them, mosquitoes don't get much love from our species.

Scientists discover surfing spider called Brian

2016-03-10 18:10

Scientists in Australia say they have discovered a large spider that can surf, swim and catch fish.

UN: Stopping Zika may require GM insects

2016-02-16 21:15

The WHO says it might be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are now spreading Zika across the Americas.


'BioBlitz' scientists to survey California desert valley

2017-04-07 15:32

Scientists are set to fan out across a California desert valley to take an inventory of everything there that flies, hops, runs, swims or grows in the dirt.

WATCH: Doctor extracts live cockroach from woman’s skull

2017-02-09 08:19

For one Indian woman, a horror story involving a live cockroach has proved all too real, after the critter burrowed up her nose and behind her eyes in the middle of the night, while she was sleeping.

Taiwan beekeepers battle to cash in on pure honey buzz

2016-10-23 21:31

Under a shady starfruit tree Taiwanese beekeeper Jiang Hwan-bin tends his hives, pumping out pure honey for a rapidly growing market of health-conscious consumers.

'Neonic' insecticides bad news for bees - study

2016-08-17 07:10

A widely-used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids has contributed to the large-scale and long-term decline of wild bees, according to research.

NYPD bee squad ready for sting operations...

2016-07-27 19:16

A New York City police detective who works in counter-terrorism also protects New Yorkers in another way: by helping corral and relocate swarms of bees that occasionally descend on the city.

Bees buzzing on rooftops at SF hotels

2016-05-14 10:02

Aware of the well-publicised environmental threats to honeybees that have reduced numbers worldwide, several San Francisco hotels have built hives on their rooftops.

China bug declared world's longest insect

2016-05-05 19:00

A bug over half a metre long discovered in southern China has been declared the world's longest insect.

Garden-care giant to drop bee death chemicals

2016-04-13 16:00

Garden-care giant Ortho says it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm bees.

Mexico documents big rebound in monarch butterflies

2016-02-27 11:44

Investigators say Monarch butterflies have made a big comeback in their wintering grounds in Mexico after suffering serious declines

Genes show why bedbugs are tough suckers to kill

2016-02-03 07:38

Bedbugs, the notorious bloodthirsty critters which tormented the residents of New York City some years ago, have become genetically wired to resist pesticides, experts said Tuesday.

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