Shining Light On Why Beetles Glow

The discovery of a a 99 million year old amber fossil from Myanmar offers insight into how and why beetles began to glow.

Asian Scientist Magazine’s March 2021 Roundup

Embark on a billion-year scientific odyssey through Asian Scientist Magazine’s top stories from March 2021.

Newly Discovered Firefly Lights Up Singapore

As the first of its kind to be described in over a century, a uniquely Singaporean firefly is shedding a new light on biodiversity in the city-state.

Protein In Mosquitos’ Saliva Impacts Feeding

Scientists in Japan and Portugal have shown that a protein called AAPP, found in mosquito saliva, affects the insects' feeding behavior, with implications for mosquito fitness.

How Insects Develop Nanopores For Sniffing

A gene, called gore-tex, is responsible for forming nanopores on the olfactory organs of insects, say researchers in Japan.

Wasps, Roaches And Crickets Are Pollinators Too

Wasps, crickets and cockroaches play a vital role in the pollination of the non-photosynthetic plant, Mitrastemon yamamotoi.

Got Milk? These Spiders Do

Scientists have discovered a species of jumping spider that is capable of producing milk for its offspring, a trait previously thought to be unique to mammals.

Tracking Pesticides Through An Insect’s Body

By combining laser-scanning with mass spectroscopy, researchers have managed to track the distribution of pesticides in the bodies of fruit flies.

Virus Infection Makes Ants Switch From Savory To Sweet Food

An international team of researchers has found that fire ants infected by a virus have altered food preferences and may forage less, with implications for pest control measures.

Epigenetics Explains Why Some Ants Prefer Diet Soda

Scientists in Japan have discovered that genetically identical ants vary in their threshold for sweetness, with implications on colony survival.