Study Argues ‘Winner-Winner’ Behavior May Shape Animal Hierarchies
Researchers have developed a behavioral model that explains the complexity and diversity of social hierarchies in ants, and which scientists believe may help us understand the nature of other animal societies – from primates to dolphins.
Modified Maggots Could Help Human Wound Healing
NC State entomologists genetically modify maggots to aid human wound healing.
Study Finds More Social Insects Have Weaker Immune Response, Highlights Role of Hygiene
Research finds that among eusocial insects – like ants, bees and termites – the more individuals there are in a typical species colony, the weaker the species’ immune response. The finding strongly suggests that hygiene behaviors, and not just immune systems, play a key role in keeping eusocial insects healthy.
Rediscovering the Forgotten Benefits of Drawing
Over a century ago, the ability to draw was a necessity. No cameras, printers, copiers, or online images - if you wanted to convey information visually, you had to do it yourself. Jennifer Landin explains why those skills are still important.
Duplicate DNA a Hallmark of Tick Genome
What makes the tick, well, tick? NC State researchers involved in sequencing the pest's genome find a number of answers.
Mixed Signals: Study Finds Insect Species Use Very Different Chemicals to Identify Queens
It had been thought that all ants, wasps and other eusocial insects used a common class of chemical compounds to distinguish queens from workers and other members of their colonies or hives. But new research finds that there is significant variation in these chemical signals, even between closely related species.
Researchers Sequence Bedbug Genome, Find Unique Features
Entomologist Coby Schal leads effort to reveal the genomic blueprint behind the bedbug's reviled characteristics.
NC State Expert on Zika Virus Available
Entomologist Michael Reiskind can help reporters who have questions about the Zika virus.
First Study of Arthropods in U.S. Homes Finds Huge Biodiversity
The first study to evaluate the biodiversity of arthropods in U.S. homes finds that humans share their houses with any of more than 500 different kinds of arthropods – at least on a short-term basis.
Trap-jaw Ants Exhibit Previously Unseen Jumping Behavior
A species of trap-jaw ant has been found to exhibit a previously unseen jumping behavior, using its legs rather than its powerful jaws. The discovery makes this species, Odontomachus rixosus, the only species of ant that can jump with either its legs or its mandibles.