Category Archives: Insects

A virus changes the feeding behavior of an insect

Science fiction isn’t so far out with its idea of a virus giving vampires and zombies a craving for blood and dead meat. The concept of a virus modifying the eating habits of its carrier does exist in nature. Without

A virus changes the feeding behavior of an insect

Science fiction isn’t so far out with its idea of a virus giving vampires and zombies a craving for blood and dead meat. The concept of a virus modifying the eating habits of its carrier does exist in nature. Without

Male spiders dump their sex organs for extra endurance

Sex for male spiders of the species Nephilengys malabarensis is a dangerous business. In most cases, after a brief copulation, the male’s prospects in life abruptly end in the stomach of its sexual partner. Even the few lucky ones that

Male spiders dump their sex organs for extra endurance

Sex for male spiders of the species Nephilengys malabarensis is a dangerous business. In most cases, after a brief copulation, the male’s prospects in life abruptly end in the stomach of its sexual partner. Even the few lucky ones that

Novelty seeking in honey bees and humans, same mechanisms

Individuals behave differently. But what are the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for these differences in behavior? Scientists searched for an answer by comparing gene expression in the brain between honey bees that seek novelty and those which do not.

Novelty seeking in honey bees and humans, same mechanisms

Individuals behave differently. But what are the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for these differences in behavior? Scientists searched for an answer by comparing gene expression in the brain between honey bees that seek novelty and those which do not.