Pesticides stop bees buzzing and releasing pollen, says study

Researchers find neonicotinoid insecticides harm ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out pollen to fertilise crops The worlds most widely used insecticides harm the ability of bees to vibrate flowers and shake out the pollen to fertilise crops, according to preliminary results from a new study. Some flowers, such as those of crops…

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The crazy number of insects that could be hiding in your Christmas tree

 (2014 Getty Images) Last December, one of my best friends sent out a desperate group text calling for moral support when her freshly decorated Christmas tree suddenly exploded with tiny baby praying mantises (heres what you need to know about creepy praying mantises). This is a friend who, I must add, really, really hates bugs.…

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Now We Can Edit Life Itself, We Need To Ask How We Should Use Such Technology

Imagine a world where mosquitoes no longer pass on the deadly malaria parasite, where invasive species such as cane toads are wiped out from Australia, and agri-chemical resistant pests revert back to their original susceptible state. Scientists are currently energised about such prospects, thanks to advances in whats known as gene drive technology. While the…

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Was An Erection-Causing Venomous Spider Really Found In A German Shipping Container?

Brazilian wandering spiders are unpleasant and fascinating critters. Arachnids within this genus can grow to have a leg span of 15 centimeters (5.9 inches), and theyre quite aggressive. If youre bitten by one, its venom stands a good chance of putting you in hospital and, on occasion, six feet under. Theres also a good chance…

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Invasive Asian Hornet spotted in Britain for first time, experts confirm – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Asian hornets prey on pollinating insects such as honey bees and could do serious damage to colonies in the UK, which have not evolved to cope with the threat An invasive hornet that kills honey bees has been spotted in Britain for the first time, experts have confirmed. The Asian…

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Aardwolf may be the cutest little creature in the world.

Have you ever heard of the liger? Its a half lion, half tiger animal that looks totally unique. But thats not the only unique animal combination out there. There are aardwolves, which resemble part wolf, part aardvark! They are technically not wolves at all but actually are closer to the hyena family. While this might…

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We Asked 22 Exterminators To Describe The Most Advanced Bug Civilization They Ever Had To Destroy

Twenty-two exterminators open up about the most remarkable things theyve encountered on the job. 1. Peter Speer Thats a weird question. I dont know. 2. Doug Gaulbaugh Ive seen some pretty big anthills. Is that what you mean? 3. Hector Mendoza What? 4. John Averitt Sorry, I got nothing. 5. Mark Klukavy Im not sure…

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Organic honey is a sweet success for Cuba as other bee populations suffer

When the Caribbean state was no longer able to afford pesticides which have been linked with declining bee populations it made a virtue out of a necessity Long known for its cigars and rum, Cuba has added organic honey to its list of key agricultural exports, creating a buzz among farmers as pesticide use has…

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Ants behave as mini farmers in Fiji study

Ants on the Pacific islands observed carefully sowing and fertilising seeds of at least six types of plant as part of a relationship that reaches back 3m years Ants found in the Pacific islands of Fiji behave as miniature farmers, carefully sowing and fertilising the seeds of at least six types of plant, a study…

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Hey, America: Edible insects just might be the next tasty taboo headed for your plate.

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