Close-up of a mosquito antenna with hair-like protrusions and fluorescently labeled glomeruli as green circles on the shaft
The Neuroscience Behind Why Mosquitoes Always Find You
Neurons in mosquito antennae can express more than one olfactory receptor at a time, a redundancy that likely ensures they don’t lose a potential host’s scent.
The Neuroscience Behind Why Mosquitoes Always Find You
The Neuroscience Behind Why Mosquitoes Always Find You

Neurons in mosquito antennae can express more than one olfactory receptor at a time, a redundancy that likely ensures they don’t lose a potential host’s scent.

Neurons in mosquito antennae can express more than one olfactory receptor at a time, a redundancy that likely ensures they don’t lose a potential host’s scent.

insect olfaction
A close-up of a fruit fly head with antenna clearly visible in front of its red eyes
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
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The temporary loss of olfaction stops the flies from eating any more of whatever it is that made them sick.
Image of the Day: Moth Proboscis
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Mar 5, 2018
The hawkmoth’s brain uses a different area to search for food than it does to look for where to lay eggs.  
Bug Off
Kerry Grens | Oct 3, 2013
Identification of a DEET-sensitive olfactory receptor leads to alternative, possibly better, repellants.
An Olfaction Odyssey
Megan Scudellari | Oct 1, 2013
Thanks to a book, a war, and a big green caterpillar, John Hildebrand found himself mapping the exquisite and surprising wiring of the insect olfactory system.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2013
October 2013's selection of notable quotes