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.

Eating insects may help fight obesity

2013-05-14 08:11

Munching on some nutritious insects could help fight obesity, claim researchers.

US to be bugged out by cicadas

2013-05-06 22:18

Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will creep out of the ground and overrun parts of the East Coast of the US.

Protest causes a buzz at UK Parliament

2013-04-27 06:55

Scores of worried beekeepers - and a brace of fashionistas - have gathered outside Britain's Parliament in a bid to convince the government to back a ban on pesticides.

Pesticides a buzzkill for bees

2013-03-27 21:30

Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food.

4 kids critical after bee attack at school

2013-03-20 15:05

Sixty-one children and three teachers have been stung by bees at a school in Bellville, Cape Town, paramedics say.

Edible insects

2013-03-04 12:37

A new food trend? Leading restaurants serve grasshoppers.

75 kids stung by bees at Gauteng school

2013-02-08 16:00

Seventy-five children at a primary school in Bapsfontein on the East Rand have been stung by bees, Ekhuruleni emergency services say.

How to get rid of mosquitoes

2013-02-01 00:00

Want to get rid of those little pests? Here's how.

'Supergene' identified in red fire ant

2013-01-17 11:05

The complex social structure of the red fire ant, a fast-spreading invasive insect, is made possible by a DNA fusion known as a supergene.


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

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.

Eating insects could help fight fat

2013-05-13 21:53

The thought of eating beetles, caterpillars and ants may give you the creeps, but the authors of a UN report say the health benefits of consuming nutritious insects could help fight obesity.

Three Florida butterfly species vanish

2013-04-30 16:23

After six years of searching, an entomologist has concluded that three varieties of butterflies native to south Florida have become extinct.

Insects plentiful in hot parts of cities

2013-03-28 12:19

Higher temperatures in cities can be a key driver of insect pest outbreaks on trees in urban areas, according to research.

Invader fruit flies hit South Africa

2013-03-25 21:06

Invader fruit flies have infested some areas in the northern parts of South Africa, the agriculture department says.

Vaal family stung by bees

2013-03-14 20:00

A family of seven has been stung by bees while sitting outside their house in Meyerton, paramedics say.

Cockroaches may inspire robotics

2013-02-25 08:21

New insights on how biological systems stabilise in cockroaches could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors' understanding of human gait abnormalities.

Farmers warned of locusts

2013-02-04 22:03

Farmers in the Northern Cape have been warned to act swiftly to protect their crops against attacks by swarms of locusts.

Hope for endangered SA butterfly

2013-01-16 12:33

South African lepidopterists are in a flutter after the discovery of a second colony of critically endangered Wolkberg Zulu butterflies.

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