Very Hungry Caterpillars

Munch munch munch… Someday I will be a beautiful butterfly! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Caterpillars spend their days busily feasting, turning carbon-rich leaves into nitrogen-rich poo. This means less falling leaves and more caterpillar poop washing into nearby lakes. This can change the

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Bumblebeer

Man pouring beer in a glass

Bees can sting, but can they make you…tipsy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Brewing beer is an age-old tradition, and it’s all thanks to YEAST. There are nearly two thousand kinds of yeast on Earth. But only two types are used to brew beer:

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Painless Proboscis

Mosquitos!  What a pain! Or…are they?    This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Mosquitos are a familiar foe.  They bite and leave behind itchy reminders of their presence.  But how is it we never notice them sucking our blood until it’s too late?   At the Ohio

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Bumblebee Gardening 101

Bumblebee crawling on a pink flower

What’s black and yellow and has a green thumb?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Bumblebee gardeners!? We know bees buzz around gardens, collecting pollen from flowers. But climate change is altering WHEN flowers bloom. Until the flowers show up, there’s no pollen for

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Wasp Wallpaper

The timeless beauty of classical art! The Greeks, the Romans….the WASPS??!! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wasps…the scourge of picnics everywhere. It’s never a good day when you spot a wasp nest. Or is it? For Helen Green at the University of Melbourne it’s a

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Scorpi-tecture

Who knew scorpions were fussy about architecture? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ecologists at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev can shed some light on the matter. They’re studying holes in the ground – more officially known as burrows.  Desert critters burrow to survive

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A Parasite’s Parasite

Tales from the Crypt… home to PARASITIC WASPS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Parasites typically target only ONE species at a time. Researchers have assumed the CRYPT-KEEPER, a known parasitic wasp, was no different. Its typical host-du-jour is another wasp called Bassettia pallida… BP

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Ant-nihilate Traffic

What’s the ants-er to road-rage? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, perchance – it’s ANTS! Ugh, traffic. Right? We’re all just trying to get from point A to point B! What’s the hold-up? Audrey Dussutour at Toulouse University in France thinks ants are the

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Blind Date

Ah, love – is it REALLY blind? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Male bees — you’ve got it rough. You’re born, you mate with a queen, and then you die. But, hundreds of other would-bee suitors are trying to do the same thing! How

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