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Bee Fossils Provide Rare Glimpse into Ice Age Environment
This is a modern leafcutter bee pupa in a nest cell
April 9th, 2014
Fossilized bee pupae found in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles suggest the region experienced a very moist period during the Ice Age, a new study says.
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Ants Are Even Stronger Than You Imagine
Ants carrying cut leaves, strength
February 21st, 2014
New research finds that ants’ strength lies in their neck joints.
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Fly Larva Crawls Inside Woman's Ear
February 12th, 2014
A woman in Taiwan had an unusual cause of her ear pain: a fruit fly larva was wriggling around inside her ear canal.
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6 Mysterious 'Dracula' Ant Species Discovered in Madagascar
mystrium ant from madagascar
March 31st, 2014
Six new species of bizarre, blood sucking ant has been identified in Madagascar, and the oddballs don’t conform to the normal rules of ant behavior.
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Ants Build Raft to Escape Flood, Protect Queen
Ants build a raft, safety, flood, protection, queen
February 20th, 2014
Resourceful ants know what to do during a flood: They build a raft and stick the queen right in the middle of it.
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Experience Influences Ants' Choices, Study Finds
Temnothorax rugatulus ants
February 12th, 2014
A study of one ant species reveals they rely on experience when choosing between nests with a smaller entrance, and nests with darker light.
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Bugs in Patagonia Survived Dinosaur-Killing Impact
Salamanca lead damage
November 4th, 2013
Down in Patagonia, thousands of miles from the deadly asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs, most bugs easily survived one of Earth's worst mass extinctions.
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Fly's Rapid Fluttering Could Inspire Mini Drones (Video)
a blowfly closeup
March 25th, 2014
A new video has captured the lightning-fast movement of blowfly wings, which could help scientists develop tiny flying robots.
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Protein Shakes Make Tasty Treats For Bullet Ants
ants, meals, protein
February 14th, 2014
If foods are protein-rich, ants can't tell solid morsels from liquid.
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Fossils of 'Bizarre' Big-Headed Fly Discovered (Photo)
Big-Headed Fly Fossil
January 23rd, 2014
Scientists have discovered fossils of three species of big-headed fly that lived about 50 million years ago.
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