Latest Zoology News

Apps let everyone help track health of insect populations

Jan. 15, 2019 10:04 AM EST

More challenging than birdwatching and not nearly as popular, insect-watching — noting and sharing exactly what one sees and where — is nevertheless on the rise. Concern about dwindling native insect populations is one reason why. And new technology has made it easier to log insect sightings and...

DNA of wolf declared extinct in wild lives on in Texas pack

Jan. 13, 2019 2:49 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carries a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The finding has led wildlife biologists and others...

Hawaii's humpback whales to be counted despite fed shutdown

Jan. 12, 2019 3:53 PM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An annual humpback whale count in Hawaii will take place despite the federal government shutdown. West Hawaii Today reported Friday that volunteers from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will coordinate this season's Ocean Count, a community citizen science project that...

Count finds sharp drop in monarch butterflies in California

Jan. 6, 2019 3:28 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as "disturbingly low" the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast. A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 30,000 butterflies, which it said is an 86 percent decline since 2017....

Professor names beetle species after 'Game of Thrones'

Dec. 30, 2018 1:11 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series "Game of Thrones" and George R.R. Martin book series "A Song of Ice and Fire." University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Brett Ratcliffe named the new scarab beetle...

Was that a bed bug on my couch? This app has the answer

Dec. 30, 2018 10:22 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Just the thought of a bed bug infestation is enough to make you start scratching and tossing out furniture. A new app created by a researcher at Ohio State University has the answers and information on what to do next. The app funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Report: Track that hosts Preakness should be demolished

Dec. 13, 2018 1:57 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The nearly 150-year-old Baltimore track that hosts one of America's premier horse races should be torn down and rebuilt at a cost of $424 million, according to a report issued Thursday. The Maryland Stadium Authority, in the second phase of a comprehensive study of Pimlico Race...

Former nicotine research monkeys now at primate sanctuary

Dec. 13, 2018 6:14 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research denounced by British primatologist Jane Goodall have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary. The Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday that the squirrel monkeys are now at the...

Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs

Dec. 10, 2018 11:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — City frogs and rainforest frogs don't sing the same tune, researchers have found. A study released Monday examined why Panama's tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities encroach on...

Whales have worse than average year for entanglement in gear

Dec. 6, 2018 6:20 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say last year was slightly worse than average for the entanglement of large whales, which is a major threat to the animals' populations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report Thursday on the subject. The agency says the number of...