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First case of Zika transmitted through sex reported in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania now has its first case of a person infected by the Zika virus through sexual transmission, according to an announcement today from the state Department of Health.
3 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mosquito HIV Insect repellent AIDS Infection Insect Malaria Birth control
Miami begins zika aerial-spraying
Predawn aerial spraying for Zika-carrying mosquitoes, set to begin Friday, is bugging out residents of Miami Beach, Florida.
1239 points by CNN | Mosquito Insect West Nile virus Mosquito control Honey bee Dengue fever Pesticide application Beekeeping
Bizarre snake 'with two heads' likely a camouflaged caterpillar
A Spanish woman who captured viral video of an animal that appeared to be a bizarre snake "with two heads" said the creature turned out to be a caterpillar.
-1 points by UPI | Sphingidae Deilephila elpenor United Press International Lepidoptera Caterpillar Insect Saturniidae United States
Bat-killing fungus found in Texas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease to hibernating bats, has been found for the first time in Texas. The fungus has been detected in samples taken from three bat species in six West Texas counties - Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Hardeman, King and ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Bats Little brown bat Insect Bat Evolution Indiana bat Texas Caving
Up-and-down weather confuses insects: Here's how to deal with them
Some insects enter dormancy during the winter, but you might see them walking around when temperatures swing. Here's how to deal with the bugs. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- This winter has been a roller coaster of weather, and the up-and-down temperatures are messing with the dormancy habits of bugs. Some spend the cold season either in the nooks and crannies of homes or in logs and trees outside. But, when temperatures climb, these species can end up outside when the temperatures drop.  That's why you might see insects like stink bugs crawling around when you might not expect them.  How do bugs stay alive in the winter? Some insects, like dragonflies, migrate. Bees cluster around the queen for warmth when it drops below 50 degrees. Others go into a period of rest where they don't reproduce or eat. It's not so much a state of hibernation as a state of dormancy, said Martin Calabrese, a naturalist for the Cleveland Metroparks.  Temperatures in December were close to average for Cleveland, and slightly warmer than average in January. A warmer winter, like last one, can lead to population increases, which means more food for other species, Calabrese said. Is it just insects? In Brecksville, the Metroparks saw an early emergence of dozens of Jefferson salamanders a few weeks ago. It was a warm, wet night, which mimicked the spring weather that normally prompt the salamanders to head to the nearest pond, Calabrese said.  This can lead to some deaths, but might not affect the population greatly in the long term.  Which insects might you be seeing in your home? Stink bugs for one, Calabrese said. Ladybugs, mosquitoes or ants might also be in your home. They can get in through small entry points in homes and can hide in spaces in walls and the ceiling. When bugs feel warm temperatures, that's when they can start moving around and looking for food. Not all of them will be tricked, Calabrese said. Bees can leave the winter cluster when they start feeling the temperatures rising. However, that can lead to some bees dying because they don't return before the cold sets back in. How do you deal with it? Check out the places in your home where pests might be hiding, especially if your home is older.  Know what insects you're looking at before crushing them. For example, stinkbugs release an odor when disturbed. Instead, use a vacuum cleaner to suck them up and then empty the bag immediately.  Read more: Cleveland's had crazy temperature swings so far this winter: Why?
10 points by The Plain Dealer | Temperature Insect Ant Thermodynamics Heat Cold Bee Entropy
Atlanta zoo names cockroach after Patriots QB Tom Brady
An Atlanta zoo has named a cockroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Tom Brady Roger Williams Rhode Island Providence Rhode Island Super Bowl Cockroaches Roger Williams University Insect
Serious bees-ness: Pollinator drones could replace endangered insects
Japanese scientists are developing pollinator drones that can assume the vital role bees normally play in the planet’s ecosystem. Read Full Article at RT.com
-2 points by Russia Today | Bumblebee Pollination Flower Insect Pollinator Bee Pollinator decline Honey bee
Tiny drones might save us when bees go extinct
Bees’ days are numbered — and with their imminent extinction so goes the entirety of Earth’s functioning ecosystem. In order to avoid total environmental catastrophe, science has been trying to figure out how to keep plants pollinated once all the bees are dead. The latest contender is itty, bitty drones. Scientists took a miniature, hummingbird-sized...
53 points by New York Post | Pollen Flower Insect Pollination Pollinator decline Pollinator Ecology Bumblebee
Scientists pollinate flowers with insect-sized drones coated in sticky gel
Brooks HaysFeb. 9 (UPI) -- Scientists in Japan found a way to pollinate flowers without the help of insects.
1471 points by UPI | Pollination Pollen Electric charge Flower Electricity United Press International Pollinator Insect
Australia's largest mimicry group uses golden sheen to deter predators
Brooks HaysFeb. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified 140 species in Australia all using the same mimicry tactic to ward off predators -- the largest mimicry group in Australia.
2 points by UPI | Insect Mimicry United Press International Color Stomach Biology Morphology Species
SEE IT: Doctors discover live cockroach in woman’s skull
Doctors found a cockroach crawling inside a woman’s skull after she visited the hospital complaining of a “crawling sensation” in her head.
13315 points by Daily News | Brain Insect Physician Chennai English-language films Skull Insects Arthropod
Small alpine insects offer early global warming warning signs
Brooks HaysLEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Scientists say a pair of small alpine insects in the Rockies are canaries in a coal mine, offering early warnings of the global gas leak that is climate change.
13 points by UPI | United Press International Rocky Mountains Glacier Insect William Randolph Hearst International News Service News World Communications Water
Here's why you should avoid raking your leaves
Put the rake down, and back away from the leaves.       
17167 points by USA Today | Insect Lepidoptera National Wildlife Federation Butterfly Caterpillar Moth Nature Composting
Rusty patched bumble bee recommended for endangered list
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90 percent of its historic range in just the past two decades. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Bumblebee Bee Honey bee Pollination Apidae Beekeeping Pollinator decline Insect
They’re here! Long-feared UK arrival of honeybee-killing Asian hornet confirmed
The first sighting of an invasive Asian hornet to the UK mainland has been confirmed, with experts warning of dire consequences for honeybees if the new species is not swiftly eradicated. Read Full Article at RT.com
432 points by Russia Today | Honey bee Beekeeping Insect Honey Wasp Apocrita Bee sting Bee
A bug’s life: Hardy ants construct tragic but ‘unique’ colony in Soviet-era bunker
Scientists have unearthed an unusual ant colony that manages to survive despite living in the nightmarish conditions of a decrepit nuclear bunker and having no obvious sustainable source of nutrition. Read Full Article at RT.com
228 points by Russia Today | Ant Insect Hymenoptera Million Honey bee Ecology Bat Wasp
Researchers hopeful after finding more endangered butterflies on Mount Charleston
The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is still incredibly rare, but researchers have seen more of them in more places over the past two years than they have in decades. Close to 200 of the endangered insects were spotted over the summer in several locations high in the Spring Mountains, including isolated patches of previously unknown habitat from Bonanza Peak to the ridge line above the Lee Canyon ski area.
14 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Butterflies Insect Mount Charleston Species Endangered species Nevada Ski resort Mountain