Latest Zoology News

Florida's iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

Aug. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast to a...

App allows butterfly finders to contribute to conservation

Aug. 19, 2019 4:05 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Nature lovers who encounter fluttering butterflies might also be able to contribute to research about the colorful insects. Researchers at the University of Maine say residents can use a mobile app to provide details about areas where butterflies are likely to be found. They plan to use...

SCSU receiver takes wildlife research trip to South Africa

Aug. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud State senior wide receiver John Solberg is confident he will be a teacher for the rest of his life. When the chance came to work with students from his hometown on a study-abroad trip in his field of biology, it was something he couldn't pass on. Solberg spent two weeks...

Library of spider silk could hold secrets for new materials

Aug. 14, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spiders use to make their webs. Some looked...

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as US protections shrink

Aug. 14, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims,...

Pink salmon numbers may threaten other North Pacific species

Aug. 11, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Biological oceanographer Sonia Batten experienced her lightbulb moment on the perils of too many salmon three years ago as she prepared a talk on the most important North Pacific seafood you'll never see on a plate — zooplankton. Zooplanktons nourish everything from juvenile...

Alaska scientists say polar bear encounters to increase

Aug. 11, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska scientists say the chances of a polar bear encounter have increased after research reveals the bears are arriving on shore earlier and staying on land longer, a report said. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey found changes in sea ice habitat have coincided with...

Wetland at Lakeshore Park an 'outdoor classroom'

Aug. 11, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Dalton State College ornithologist David DesRochers said the college began studying animal and plant populations in the wetland at Lakeshore Park eight years ago. At the time, the wetland at the west end of the current track and artificial-turf, multi-use field were littered with trash...

Correction: Exchange-Scientists Sharks story

Aug. 9, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

WACHAPREAGUE, Va. (AP) — An Aug. 2 member exchange about Virginia scientists researching sharks contained an incorrect spelling for the name of a Virginia Institute of Marine Science intern. Her name is Bethany Brodbeck, not Brodback. A corrected version of the story is below: Scientists are trying to keep...

Swarms of mayflies, frogs emerge along Missouri River

Aug. 3, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Swarms of mayflies have emerged from under water along the Missouri River and are caking windshields on stretches of road between Omaha and Kansas City, forcing drivers to pull over and clean up the mess. Mayflies spend 99% of their lives in water, but they rise when they become winged...