September 27, 2021

Learning helps tobacco hawkmoths to select a nectar source and oviposition site more efficiently

Learned odors influence the moths' preferences for certain flowers and host plants. Olfactory sensory cells on the proboscis, on the other hand, play no role in learning (Journal of Chemical Ecology and Journal of Experimental Biology, September 2021) more »


September 1, 2021

Prehistoric climate change repeatedly channeled human migrations across Arabia

New research shows that over the last 400,000 years, multiple pulses of increased rainfall transformed the generally arid Arabian Peninsula into a hospitable route for human population movements across Southwest Asia (Nature, September 2021) more »


July 6, 2021

The evolution of vinegar flies is based on the variation of male sex pheromones

Max Planck researchers decipher the chemical language underlying mating in 99 species of the genus Drosophila (Nature Communications, July 2021) more »


May 14, 2021

How moths find their “flame”

An international team of biologists has discovered the gene controlling the mating preference of male European corn borer moths for the female sex pheromone (Nature Communications, May 2021) more »