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The Bug Ballet Of Jumping Spider Crickets

The latest inspiration for robot design lurks in the dark corners of damp basements. Engineering students and their professor at Johns Hopkins University have spent more than eight months unraveling the hopping skills, airborne antics, and safe-landing patterns of the incredibly athletic spider cricket. The team thinks non-human creatures may be the best models in […]

Bumblebee Pheromones Aren’t So Simple After All

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants, and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, report researchers. The results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species. Says Etya Amsalem, a postdoctoral fellow in entomology at Penn State: “While the hypothesis that many social insect lineages all […]