The agricultural industry has long been considered an enemy of humanity when it comes to recklessly pumping antibiotics into animals. In further evidence that this practice is fueling a public health crisis, a new study has found a disconcerting trend at Chinese farms: flies are spreading the gene that gives bacteria…
Plants employ a wide variety of tactics to lure pollinators, but an ornamental plant popularly known as Giant Ceropegia takes it to another level. Its flower smells like a honeybee under attack—an odor that freeloading, meal-seeking flies find absolutely irresistible.
You may have seen halteres on flies, but you probably didn’t know what you were seeing. They’re the odd little twig-like extensions behind the fly’s wings. These up-close videos give you a much better look, so you’ll always notice from now on.
How do flies determine their escape paths? Scientists have answered this question by studying video footage of a wingless fly attempting to take to the air.
Bug-eating evangelists like to talk about how crickets are caloric magic, claiming the insects can transform table scraps into a crunchy, healthy protein. A new study debunks at least one aspect of what’s being touted everywhere as the food of the future.
Nature doesn't end at the borders of a city — it's just transformed. That's why scientists are finding new animal species in urban areas, where the ecosystems favor scavengers, hardy weeds, and junk-eaters. It probably comes as no surprise that the sprawling city of Los Angeles is home to its own unique fly species.
Once upon a time, this public service poster about not letting flies land on your food was everywhere in the U.K.. It's mostly huge blocks of text, with just a tiny black-and-white image at the bottom... and it's completely revolting.
This is unbelievable, but the fruit fly G tridens has somehow evolved to have what looks like pictures of ants on its wings. Seriously, its transparent wings have an ant design on them complete with "six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and tapered abdomen." It's nature's evolutionary art painted on a fly's wings.
You thought they were stupid, but it turns out that flies take decision on their own terms. They have free will, io9's Esther Inglis-Arkell reports: they "seemed to be making spontaneous motions which indicated that somewhere, inside their little fly brains, they were deciding how to move based on their own free will."
If you've ever sat puzzling over a fly's ability to outmaneuver your swift slap of death almost every. single. time—puzzle no more. According to science, you're just measly Agent Smith to the bug's Neo; new research shows that a creature's perception of time is directly related to its size, meaning flies live in a…
Louise Davis, a water resources advisory officer in north Devon, UK, was doing an assessment of the local river Torridge. What she found mystified her. Enormous balls of flies were dangling from trees over the water. Each "ball" was solid flies — perhaps hundreds of the insects. She'd never seen anything like it.
Many artists are inspired by nature, but few collaborate with it in quite the same way as John Knuth. When you look at his paintings, you see broad swaths of color that appear to be meticulous impressionistic abstractions. But what you are actually looking at is the vomit of thousands of flies.
A new study published in Current Biology is giving new meaning to "caught in the act." Researchers have observed that bats can use their sonar to home in on flies who are in the midst of copulation. Turns out noisy sex can have worse consequences than just embarrassment.
Male fruit flies don't respond well to sexual rejection. Should their attempts at courtship fail, scientists have shown that spurned male flies will actually turn to booze as a substitute for sex. Understanding why, say researchers, could allow us humans to sort out some of our own dependency issues.
If you were to suggest that members of Elasmobranchii — the subclass of cartilaginous fishes that includes sharks, rays, and skates — look incredibly different from us humans, I doubt that many people would argue the point. In fact, one look at the alien-like skeleton of Leucoraja erinacea, the species of skate…
What would insects and arachnids look like if you were the size of a pea? These videos by Ahmet Özkan offer a Lilliputian's eye view into the horribly brutal world of arthropod death matches. And this battle has a surprise ending!
Fifty years ago today, the Soviet Union launched the Korabl-Sputnik 2 spacecraft—known as Sputnik 5 in the west—carrying two dogs named Belka and Strelka, along with mice, rats and flies into space. More surprising? Everyone came back alive.
Magnus Muhr takes deceased flies and creates morbidly adorable illustrations of the poor dead buggers having a rollicking time. Witness some poor dead Drosophilas riding horses, hanging laundry, and behaving badly. Think of it as charmingly tacky taxidermy writ small.
Today we salute you...biologists that gave a fly a full Brazilian with a laser so that you can study mating habits.