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The Artful Amoeba

The Surprising Culinary Delight of Honeydew, aka Plant Bug Poo


To ease on in to the weekend, let’s celebrate by watching some short films on a topic that I mentioned earlier this week in my planthopper post: plant bug poo, aka honeydew. It’s not as gross as you might think. Plant bugs feed on plant sap, which is seriously low in protein. In order to [...]

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Hot and heavy: Insects sense the breath of approaching herbivores and flee plants

Plant-dwelling insects are in perpetual danger of being accidentally munched on by plant-eating animals. One such insect, the sap-sucking aphid (a common pest in gardens), has an effective escape plan, though: the bugs detect an approaching herbivore’s breath and simply drop off the plant before it’s eaten. Researchers at the University of Haifa at Oranim, [...]

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Running Ponies

Dancing woolly aphids will probably stab you

“Hey you guys are having a party? Where’s my invite? JK, JK it’s cool, I don’t have a letter box anyway. Where should I stash my beers? Why isn’t there any music playing? Oh is this one of those silent discos…” “Sir, this is a very serious operation, we’re trying to save lives here and [...]

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