A mutilated pale grass blue butterfly found near Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. Image: Chiyo Nohara/University of the Ryukyus

Mutant butterflies linked to Fukushima disaster

Forget your childhood radioactive superheroes, these insects have a lot more to worry about.

Green lacewing adults feed on flowers. Image: Hock Ping Guek

New green lacewing discovered in Malaysia

A Malaysian amateur photographer, Guek Hock Ping, captured a beautiful green lacewing in early 2011. Before freeing it, he took some pictures that were uploaded to Flickr. When Shaun Winterton, an entomologist who…

The females protect their larva with nine antibacterial substances. Image: Johannes Kroiss and Martin Kaltenpoth, MPI for Chemical Ecology Journal

Beewolf larvae protected by antibacterial cocktail

  Beewolves are digger wasps that love to hunt bees, but that comes at a price: their prey may be infected with pathogens, a threat for the beewolf larvae. Because the young insects…

Flies caught in the act are at risk of becoming a bat's dinner, particularly if they're being noisy.  Image: Siemers et al., Current Biology Volume 22 Issue 14

Sex kills — if you’re a fly

The buzzing of wings during mating lures in hungry bats.

Meet the troops--two soldiers, two white workers and three blue workers with two blue spots between their thorax and abdomen.  Image courtesy of R. Hanus

Old termites go on suicide missions

Termites seem to have developed an explosive strategy for warfare.

Microbats are small insect eating mammals. In Sydney there are some 20 species. Image: Caragh Threlfall/ Tracy Lee/ University of Melbourne

Saving the microbats

 Urbanisation could contribute to the demise of microbats, one of nature’s forgotten superheros.

A newborn bee breaks free from her nursery chamber within the colony nest. Image: Christofer Bang

Diabetes for bees

A bee’s sensitivity to sugar reveals her attitude to food.


I’m watching you

A dead carpenter ant attached to a leaf. Image: David Hughes

Zombie ladybirds and ants

Parasites may generate zombie-like ants and ladybirds.

Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Cote d' Ivoire, and Mali account for 60 per cent of Malaria deaths. Image: Jim Gathany / Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Genetics used in fight against malaria

Genetically modified mosquitoes are incapable of transferring the fatal disease.

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