Fluorescence

The number of species catalogued as fluorescent increases each day, and UV lights can help us to find some that are only active during the night, generating a wide range of creative resources to photograph them.

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housefly

Why are there no flies during the winter?

The emergence of human dwellings and constructions, including stables, of course, provided an excellent opportunity for the survival of flies during the winter. Joaquín Baixeras explains.

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Why do flying ants appear?

Alberto Tinaut, biologist specialised in the study of ants, explains the secrets of these winged insects.

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reptil

How is the moulting of insects and reptiles different?

Both insects and reptiles moult. However, there are some differences between both groups. Professor Jesús Selfa Arlandis explains.

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Flies and carnivorous plants, a new relationship

A team of researchers of the University of Alacant, together with German and Brazilian scientists, have discovered a new interaction between insects and plants. They are fly larvae which can survive in a carnivorous plant and feed from its prey. This is what we know as «cleptoparasitism». According to

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Can plants have cancer?

The answer to this is yes. Plants can reproduce errors in the growth of some cells, which would cause the formation of cell masses or tumours that could be considered cancers.

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Why do only female mosquitoes bite?

Why do only female mosquitoes bite?

CARLES MARTÍN CANTARINO answers: The answer may be simple, and pretty sure many people already know it: only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood, not for food, but to produce eggs. In fact, a mosquito, male or female, can live quite well without biting, just

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Ferdinand the Catholic

Was King Ferdinand the Catholic’s death caused by an aphrodisiac?

It is quite likely, to procure their own common offspring, that King Ferdinand the Catholic had invigorating potions while married to Germana de Foix.

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Why Are Ants Capable of Carrying Much More than Their Own Weight?

Question sent by CRISTÓBAL HERRERO (Màlaga). SERGIO MONTAGUD answers: This is a very interesting question. However, in spite of how fascinating its answer may be, I think this question brings about another two— Does this statement affect all ants? Are only ants capable of carrying more than

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‘Rhynchophorus ferrugineus’, or the palm tree eater

© José Plumed For nearly a decade, some Mediterranean countries have had to face an environmental problem that increasingly seems more difficult to control —a red palm weevil pest (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus), an insect that has become palm trees' worst

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