Fly Colonies Help Calculate Time of Death of Car Trunk Cadavers
Fly Colonies Help Calculate Time of Death of Car Trunk Cadavers
Using pigs as human proxies, forensic entomologists reveal how bodies in vehicles decompose differently from those dumped outside.
Fly Colonies Help Calculate Time of Death of Car Trunk Cadavers
Fly Colonies Help Calculate Time of Death of Car Trunk Cadavers

Using pigs as human proxies, forensic entomologists reveal how bodies in vehicles decompose differently from those dumped outside.

Using pigs as human proxies, forensic entomologists reveal how bodies in vehicles decompose differently from those dumped outside.

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Image of the Day: Scorpionfly Fossils
Image of the Day: Scorpionfly Fossils
Amy Schleunes | Mar 10, 2020
A piece of ancient amber found in a small Burmese village holds preserved remains that indicate this family of insects survived longer than the Early Cretaceous, as previously believed.
Image of the Day: Legless Leaps
Image of the Day: Legless Leaps
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 12, 2019
The goldenrod gall midge, a type of fly, bears larvae that can jump through the air despite their lack of limbs.
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 13, 2019
A decade-long study tallies the numbers of pest-eating, flower-pollinating hoverflies that travel to the UK every year, and illustrates their important ecological roles in southern Britain.
Neurons Use Virus-Like Proteins to Transmit Information
Neurons Use Virus-Like Proteins to Transmit Information
Diana Kwon | Jan 15, 2018
In mice and flies, the Arc protein forms capsids and carries genetic information.
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Ruth Williams | Dec 31, 2017
The instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.
These Flies Suck. . . Frogs
These Flies Suck. . . Frogs
The Scientist Staff | Oct 31, 2017
Insects feast on amorous tungara frogs by eavesdropping on their amphibian love songs.
Image of the Day: Mitochondria, Live and in Color
Image of the Day: Mitochondria, Live and in Color
The Scientist Staff | Sep 27, 2017
Mitochondria age differently depending upon whether they’re located in the liver, heart, or kidney, scientists find in flies and mice.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Diana Kwon | Feb 27, 2017
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 7, 2016
Umbrella flowers lure in flies by mimicking the alarm signals produced by the flies’ preferred prey.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2014
Selected Images of the Day from www.the-scientist.com
Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight
Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 17, 2014
Microroboticists have designed simple sensors based on insect light organs called ocelli to stabilize a miniature flying robot.
Stripes Shoo Flies
Stripes Shoo Flies
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 4, 2014
Zebras evolved stripes to prevent pesky biting flies from landing on them, a study finds.
3-D X-Rays Catch Insects in Flight
3-D X-Rays Catch Insects in Flight
Kerry Grens | Mar 26, 2014
Using a new approach, researchers capture the in vivo mechanics of a flying fly.  
Spew, Fly, Don’t Bother Me
Spew, Fly, Don’t Bother Me
Kate Yandell | Oct 3, 2013
The frequent regurgitation practiced by flies as they ingest and digest food yields densely detailed paintings.
Ants on Burglar Watch
Ants on Burglar Watch
Kate Yandell | May 22, 2013
An ant species that lives on a carnivorous pitcher plant keeps nutrient thieves from escaping by eating them.
Fly Guts Reveal Animal Inventory
Fly Guts Reveal Animal Inventory
Beth Marie Mole | Jan 7, 2013
Stomachs of flesh-eating flies carry the DNA of animals in remote rainforests.
Sleep on it
Megan Scudellari | Jun 23, 2011
Scientists invent a method to control the timing and duration of sleep in fruit flies and find that snoozing helps form long-term memories.