Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring

This November 2020 photo provided by Dr. Vanessa R. Lane shows a Nicrophorus orbicollis beetle in Georgia. Burying beetles scout for a dead mouse or bird, dig a hole and bury it, pluck its fur or feathers, roll its flesh into a ball and cover it in goop—all to feed their future offspring. Now scientists […]

Weirdo ancient beetle looks like a scrub brush

A tree in an ancient forest sits covered in moss, lichens and craggy bark — when suddenly, a chunk of that bark begins to scuttle around.  But it’s not the bark that’s scurrying; it’s a bizarre little creature called Stegastochlidus saraemcheana, a newfound genus and species of cylindrical bark beetle. Scientists recovered the creature, which […]

You can’t squish this ‘iron’ beetle. Now, scientists know why.

Diabolical ironclad beetles are almost unbreakable — you can smack them, stomp on them or run them over with a car, and they’ll scamper away uncrushed. Now, scientists know why these beetles’ outer wing cases, known as elytra, are so tough — they’re made up of a series of smoothly interlocking puzzle parts; the geometry […]

Why the diabolical ironclad beetle is nearly impossible to squish

The diabolical ironclad beetle is like a tiny tank on six legs. This insect’s rugged exoskeleton is so tough that the beetle can survive getting run over by cars, and many would-be predators don’t stand a chance of cracking one open. Phloeodes diabolicus is basically nature’s jawbreaker. Analyses of microscope images, 3-D printed models and […]

Bark beetle outbreaks benefit wild bee populations, habitat — ScienceDaily

When southern Rocky Mountain forests are viewed from a distance these days, it may not look like much is left. Large swaths of dead, standing Engelmann spruce trees tell the tale of a severe regional spruce beetle epidemic in its waning stages. But among those dead trees, researchers have found good news. Zoom-in to the […]

Bark beetle outbreaks benefit wild bee populations, habitat

A high-elevation spruce beetle-affected forest. Credit: Seth Davis/Colorado State University When southern Rocky Mountain forests are viewed from a distance these days, it may not look like much is left. Large swaths of dead, standing Engelmann spruce trees tell the tale of a severe regional spruce beetle epidemic in its waning stages. But among those […]