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Parasitic beetle mimics the perfume of female bees to trick males, infiltrate nests

Parasitic beetle mimics the perfume of female bees to trick males, infiltrate nests

Science
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Blister beetles are chemical con artists, and according to new research, they can adapt their trickery to dupe a variety of bee species. During one of several larval stages, Meloe franciscanus beetles infiltrate bee nests by mimicking the chemicals emitted by female bees -- perfume-like compounds called pheromones. The perfume attracts males, which the larvae attach themselves to, hitching a ride back to the nest. Once in the nest, the beetle larvae can subsist on pollen, nectar and bee eggs, emerging as adult bees the following winter. New analysis of the parasite's chicanery showed blister beetle larvae adapt their chemical ploy to match the perfume of the local bees species. When scientists exposed two different bees species -- Habropoda pallida from California's Moj...
Top-ranked female portfolio managers discuss gender imbalance in fund management

Top-ranked female portfolio managers discuss gender imbalance in fund management

Finance
It's hardly a surprise that the asset management industry has a gender problem. Even so, some might be taken aback by the actual scale of the issue. Of the 16,084 portfolio managers tracked by Citywire around the world, just 1,662 — or 10.3 percent — are women. In the United States that figure falls to 9 percent. (Citywire is a financial publishing and information group that tracks the performance of fund managers.) There are multiple social and structural reasons for this but, crucially, no evidence that women underperform men when it comes to running money. In an effort to highlight the best female portfolio man...
The key to more female CEOs: More female board members

The key to more female CEOs: More female board members

Finance
The number of female Fortune 500 CEOs is shrinking You've seen the headlines about the lack of female leadership, the challenges women overcome to reach the C-suite and the dwindling numbers of women at the top. Some companies are testing out structured mentoring, empowerment programs and ambition summits to fix the problem and correct gender imbalances. But other experts say this may not be a bottom-up problem as much as a top-down one, which begins with a startling lack of diversity on company boards. Related: Why it matters so much every time a woman CEO leaves A majority of companies in the S&P 500 have at least one woman on their boards, but only 25% have two, according to a recent study from PwC. In order for boards to appoint more female CEOs, there first ...
Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

World
May 25 (UPI) -- A day after her party won all seats up for grabs in Barbados' general election, Mia Amor Mottley was sworn in Friday as the country's first female prime minister. Outgoing Prime Minister Freundel Stuart conceded defeat in the election. Mottley, 52, leader of the Barbados Labour Party, is the country's eighth prime minister. She took the oath of office before Governor General Sandra Mason and was surrounded by family, friends and party supporters. The swearing-in came about eight hours after the BPL won all 30 parliamentary seats on the ballot Thursday. Following her party's victory, Mottley said she wanted to thank the voters for doing "what is best for Barbados." Mottley was also the first woman to be appointed the country's attorney general and minister of home affairs ...
Three female jockeys seek history – Grand National preview & tips

Three female jockeys seek history – Grand National preview & tips

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Randox Health Grand NationalVenue: Aintree Date: 14 April Grand National: 17:15 BSTCoverage: BBC Radio 5 live, sports extra and live updates on the BBC Sport website More detailsThree female jockeys are seeking a place in history as they prepare to line up for the rain-hit Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.Katie Walsh, Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore are bidding to become the first woman to ride the National winner in this, its 171st running.The bookmakers' favourites for the National include Total Recall, Anibale Fly, Blaklion and Tiger Roll.An estimated £150m is wagered on the race.There will be 600 million people following worldwide and around 70,000 at the Merseyside course.After