Oysters’ shells were made into concrete and other materials used in construction during the Industrial Revolution.
Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef
Meet the team trying to restore mollusk populations with the help of underwater speakers.
Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef
Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef

Meet the team trying to restore mollusk populations with the help of underwater speakers.

Meet the team trying to restore mollusk populations with the help of underwater speakers.

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Yellow and black caterpillar crawling on a leaf in a green background
Virus Alters Caterpillars’ Vision to Trick Them into Climbing
Alejandra Manjarrez | Mar 25, 2022
A study finds that a baculovirus that infects cotton bollworm larvae changes the expression of genes involved in light perception, driving them to seek heights that could favor viral transmission.
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Leaping Larvae Intrigue Scientists
Chloe Tenn | Jan 20, 2022
The Scientist spoke with entomologist Matt Bertone about the characteristics of Laemophloeus biguttatus larvae jumps—a previously unreported behavior in this group of beetles.
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Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Nayanah Siva | Mar 11, 2020
Also known as superworms, the scavengers are able to digest the plastic, opening up the possibility of harnessing their abilities to help tackle our pollution crisis.
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: Eel Compass
Emily Makowski | Oct 14, 2019
Glass eels form a magnetic memory of their estuaries’ currents in order to migrate.
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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.
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European Eels Strew Their Eggs Across 2,000 Km of Ocean
Shawna Williams | Apr 23, 2019
The fish continue to spawn over a large area despite a drop in their numbers, a study finds.
Tadpoles Keep Eating Because They Don’t Feel Full
Catherine Offord | Mar 27, 2018
Baby frogs don’t develop the neural circuitry responsible for feeding inhibition until they begin metamorphosing into adults. 
Image of the Day: Whistling Caterpillar
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2018
Nessus sphinx hawkmoth larvae make alarm calls using mechanics similar to rocket engines. 
Image of the Day: Bad House Guest
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Oct 9, 2017
Parasitoid wasps inoculate other insects with their eggs, and their offspring then grow to feed on their "homes," effectively sucking the life out of their dying hosts.
Image of the Day: Smells like Royalty
The Scientist Staff | May 8, 2017
Indian jumping ants, Harpegnathos saltator, can identify future queens based on a pheromone produced by the royal larvae.
Ocean Acidification Harming Shellfish
Bob Grant | Dec 17, 2014
Researchers determine why larval oysters and mussels are sensitive to reduced pH.