The incident took place in the southern Cambodian province of Takeo while the 62-year-old grandmother, identified as Chen Oeurn, was cutting fronds from a palm tree to build a chicken coop. … [Read more...] about Boy, 5, dies and gran fighting for life after they were attacked by 30 wasps
Wasps building nests
These spiral structures are actually giant, swirly nests called "brood combs." Each little circular cell is an egg chamber, built by a wax-secreting worker bee, provisioned with regurgitated food by a nurse bee, then filled with an egg by the queen herself. When one cell is done, workers move on to the next one, building outward and upward in a spiral pattern that can sometimes reach 20 stories tall, Tim Heard, an entomologist with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, previously told Live Science. … [Read more...] about Strange, spiral bee combs look like fantastical crystal palaces. Now we know why.
“My husband has been building little screened entrances in front of our hives to try to prevent the hornets from getting in, but still allow the bees to get out,” says Cormier. “The problem is, we can’t find accurate information on how fat the Asian giant hornet is. How long is it? How big of a hole can it get into?” … [Read more...] about ‘Murder hornets’: race to protect North America’s honeybees from giant invader
What have insects ever done for us? Planet of the insects From pretty butterflies to pesky mosquitoes — insects are among the most diverse and dominant groups on earth. Nearly 1 million species are known to exist and there are likely many more to be discovered. According to a UN biodiversity study, up to 40% of insects species are threatened with extinction in some parts of the world. Many people do not realize that their loss would be keenly felt. … [Read more...] about Can feeding insects to animals shake up farming as we know it?