Category Archives: Insects

Honeybee study holds clues for humans

I recently moved from small-town Illinois to big-city California, and now a new article has me wondering if this move could have changed my genes. In this article for Pacific Standard, science writer David Dobbs explains how bees, birds and … Continue reading

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How cicadas became immortal

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt It’s cicada season here in Illinois. Hidden in the trees, they start buzzing every evening around dinnertime. During the day I spot their empty skins clinging to fences and mailboxes. Cicadas are harmless, but the way they … Continue reading

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The story of a worm

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Here’s how I know I’m weird: my ears perk up when I hear the word “nematode.” See, I worked in a nematology lab for most of college, and my time with this group of roundworms has left … Continue reading

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Bug Sex Friday: beetles seduced by beer bottles

In Australia, male jewel beetles have been caught trying to have sex with…beer bottles. Turns out brown glass beer bottles are the perfect color and texture to attract horny males. Males especially like the slightly dimpled ring around the bottom … Continue reading

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She’s my sister and my daughter!

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Sex is a tidy process for female stick insects. Stick insects don’t have to woo their mates, heck, they don’t even have to look for them. Unlike humans, stick insects can reproduce through parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis is a … Continue reading

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Same-sex squid aren’t that unique

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt A couple weeks ago, news outlets like The New York Times and The Guardian reported on the discovery that a species of deep sea squid is as likely to mate with squids of the same sex as squids … Continue reading

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Zombie ants

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt I know today is supposed to be Bug Sex Friday on the blog, but I’ve been reading Max Brooks’ awesome “zombie journalism” novel World War Z. That got me thinking about real-life zombies: Zombies are real. Forget … Continue reading

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