Tag: "winged" at biology news
Wisconsin researchers identify sleep gene
...rs found. When deprived of sleep, humans and their winged
counterparts rebound on the following night by sleeping longer and more deeply. Flies also sleep more in their youth than later in life, when their sleep is fragmented, as with humans. In other studies, the scientists also observed that caffeine has...
Cousin of Asian super termite invades Florida
...ons of the pest, Su said residents should look for winged
termites flying around lights at dusk and in the evening. The head and dorsal surface of the body are dark brown in contrast to its yellow-brown underside, thereby giving the flying insects a "two-toned" appearance. Termite "soldiers" are characteriz...
Alarm pheromone causes aphids to sprout wings
... alarm pheromone also causes pea aphids to produce winged
offspring that leave their host plant when mature. Because some plants can also release (E)-â-farnesene, they could in theory manipulate aphids into flying away. However, aphids were shown to react mainly to the frequency of pheromone release and no...
Fungus Effective Against Winged Termites
...any in the South, the annual emergence of fertile, winged
termites swarming furiously to scatter and search ...ach year. Emerging in late April through June, the winged
adults fly briefly before they drop to the ground, shed their wings and find a mate with which to st...
Birds and bats sow tropical seeds
...m native birds and bats. Just how big a role these winged
gardeners play is a question ecologists from the University of Illinois at Chicago and several Latin American universities are about to find out by setting up essentially a living laboratory in Mexico's gulf coast state of Veracruz. Henry Howe, a no...
Did feathered dinosaurs exist?
... however, debate has raged on over whether today's winged
creatures are derived directly from advanced theropods, or from an earlier shared ancestor. The current theory supports direct derivation, but recent fossil discoveries in China have led to new questions about the claim. The Chinese discoverers repor...
Is there a pilot in the insect?
...f often surprising observations of the behavior of winged
insects. It accounts for the fact not only that insects descend facing a headwind and ascend with a tailwind, but also that honeybees land with a constant slope and drown when crossing mirror-smooth water1. Behind this astonishing behavior, hidden ...
Art and music for the birds
...lin’s “Kasmir.” They may also hear songs about the winged
life like “Marching Jaybird” by Etta Baker, “Birds” by Neil Young, and “I’m a Cuckoo” by Belle and Sebastian. “If we’re going to give birds music, we might as well give them what we consider to be our masterpieces. But the only gauge humans have on...