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Australian Beetles Walk on the Underside of Water’s Surface
Australian Beetles Walk on the Underside of Water’s Surface
Watch one scurry around upside down in a remarkably unusual form of locomotion.
Australian Beetles Walk on the Underside of Water’s Surface
Australian Beetles Walk on the Underside of Water’s Surface

Watch one scurry around upside down in a remarkably unusual form of locomotion.

Watch one scurry around upside down in a remarkably unusual form of locomotion.

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Image of the Day: Eyed Elater
Image of the Day: Eyed Elater
Amy Schleunes | Jan 23, 2020
The click beetle’s intricate false eyes cast a deep black color with the help of pigment-coated hairs.
Image of the Day: Horns and Wings
Image of the Day: Horns and Wings
Emily Makowski | Nov 29, 2019
Scarab beetle horns share a common genetic origin with wings.
Image of the Day: Beetle Evolution
Image of the Day: Beetle Evolution
Emily Makowski | Nov 19, 2019
Plants, fungi, and bacteria likely contributed to insect diversity.
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Michael Graw | Nov 1, 2019
Insects in the soil are difficult to monitor, but listening in on the noises they make could help farmers detect pest infestations and improve estimates of biodiversity.
Image of the Day: Attendance Record
Image of the Day: Attendance Record
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 11, 2019
Genetic material left behind on flowers can reveal which insects have visited.
Image of the Day: Beetle Fight
Image of the Day: Beetle Fight
Jef Akst | Dec 3, 2018
The exaggerated horns and elongated forelegs of male flower beetles, which use these appendages as weapons in combat for females, do not slow down the insects in a race.
Image of the Day: Kaleidoscope
Image of the Day: Kaleidoscope
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 27, 2018
A single transcription factor regulates a harlequin ladybird’s colors.
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Abby Olena | Aug 16, 2018
A 99-million-year-old beetle preserved in amber alongside grains of pollen likely pollinated prehistoric plants.
How Corpse-Eating Beetles Avoid Infection
How Corpse-Eating Beetles Avoid Infection
Yao-Hua Law | Jun 1, 2018
Some beetle species may have evolved to tunnel into the ground to escape the pathogens that abound on dead and rotting animals.
Image of the Day: Beetle Escapes Toad’s Stomach
Image of the Day: Beetle Escapes Toad’s Stomach
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 8, 2018
The bombardier beetle forced its devourer to vomit it out by releasing explosive, toxic chemicals.
Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles
Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 6, 2018
Leptinotarsa decemlineata has been decimating agricultural crops since at least the 19th century, and by sequencing its genome researchers hope to explore new strategies for controlling the pest.
Image of the Day: Ectopic Wings
Image of the Day: Ectopic Wings
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 24, 2018
Insect wings may have evolved from multiple origins, say researchers.
Image of the Day: An Actual “Shithole”
Image of the Day: An Actual “Shithole”
The Scientist Staff | Jan 13, 2018
Beetles cherish the dung they live and feed on.
Image of the Day: Beetle Penis 
Image of the Day: Beetle Penis 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 22, 2017
Scientists look to a leaf beetle’s genitals for lessons on improving catheter strength.  
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Gene Drive’s Achilles Heel
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2017
Rare genetic variants could blunt efforts to destroy pest populations. 
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Diana Kwon | Feb 27, 2017
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Beetle Bomb
Beetle Bomb
Jenny Rood | May 1, 2015
High-speed X-ray video reveals how bombardier beetles control their toxic sprays.
Size Matters
Size Matters
Tracy Vence | Jul 1, 2014
The disproportionately endowed carabid beetle reveals that the size of female—and not just male—genitalia influences insemination success.