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Category Archives: Developmental Biology
Why can’t male bees (or wasps) sting?
@BugQuestions I heard male bees don’t have stingers. Is that true of all bees or just some species? — Kristen Bower (@krbower) September 6, 2015 This question came to us over Twitter, and given my recent post about bee genetics … Continue reading
Posted in Developmental Biology, Evolution, Physiology Tagged Bees, Beneficial Insects, Defenses, Human Evolution, Hymenoptera, Sexual Dimorphism, Wasps 3 Comments
Why is this chrysalis always dripping?
Post written by Joe Ballenger This post is going to be odd, because I’m going to start with a confession: This question initially stumped me, and it actually took me a couple weeks to fully figure out what was going … Continue reading
Honeybee genetics: how do they work?
Your Name: Farhad Your Bug Question: Hello. I read in a book that worker bees are clones. But how this can happen? Can you explain? Tonight’s question comes from Farhad, who emailed us and asked how bees can be clones. … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Developmental Biology, Evolution, Physiology, Pollination Tagged Agriculture, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry 7 Comments
Why are some ladybugs half yellow and half brown?
@SciBugs @Stylopidae what is a lady bug called that is half brown and half red? pic.twitter.com/E7JrP8qnzb — Mendel’s Firsties (@bridget_mendel) April 21, 2015 @UKLadybirds How unusual are half-and-half ladybirds like this? It looks pretty unusual to me but was just … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Education, Evolution, Physiology, Research, Taxonomy Tagged Biochemistry, Butterflies and Moths, Ceratopogonidae, Colors, Development 2 Comments
Is the Smallest Multicelled Organism an Insect?
Written by Nancy Miorelli @Robot_Insect Is an insect the smallest non one celled animal? Which one is smallest? — Charles Simmins (@CharlesSimmins) December 16, 2014 Well, in short. No. It’s actually a microscopic, parasitic zooplankton that attaches itself to the … Continue reading
Posted in Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology Tagged Fairyfly, Insect, Smallest, Zooplankton 1 Comment
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