This Artificial Diet May Make Insect Rearing Easier

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By Richard Levine If you want to do lab research on insects, you need to be able to keep them alive, sometimes for many generations. That means you need to know how and what to feed them, even if it means giving blood to bed bugs. Many moths in the family Noctuidae are subjects of […]

Different Insect Species Use Different Chemicals to Identify Queens

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For years it was thought that ants, wasps, and other eusocial insects used a common class of chemical compounds to distinguish queens from workers and other members of their colonies or hives. However, new research shows that these chemical signals are very different, even between closely related species. “These chemical signatures are incredibly important, because […]

Bed Bug Genome Map May Provide Clues for Controlling Them

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An international research team has successfully mapped the genome of the bed bug (Cimex lectularius) to get a better understanding of its genetic makeup. The findings — by researchers from 36 institutions — have been published in the journal Nature Communications. The genome is sort of like the bed bug’s blueprint. Now that the scientists […]

A Clip-on Repellent Device Offers Protection Against Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes

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By Josh Lancette With public concern about the Zika virus growing daily, people are looking for effective ways to prevent mosquito bites, and now there’s some good news for the concerned public. According to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology, a product called the OFF!® Clip-On™ repellent device could be an effective tool […]

JIPM Article on Mexican Bean Beetles Offers Tips on Controlling These Crop-Damaging Pests

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By Leslie Mertz The Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) has flown under the research radar too long, despite the fact that it has been ravaging U.S. crops for almost a century, according to Louis Nottingham, lead author of a newly published article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. The article shines a light on […]

Videos of Leafcutter Ants Show Their Division of Labor

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Leafcutter ants may be the world’s first farmers. They basically collect leaves, bring them into their nests, and then eat the fungus that grows on the leaves. Now scientists have videotaped never-before-seen views of leafcutter ants at work processing leaves and growing their food supply. In a paper published in the journal Royal Society Open […]

Bed Bugs Have Developed Resistance to Neonicotinoids

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By Richard Levine An article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology is the first to report that bed bugs have developed resistance to a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, the shortened name. Neonics are the most widely used group of insecticides today, and several products have been developed for bed bug […]

International Entomologists to Collaborate on Controlling Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue in Brazil

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Click here to read this in Portuguese. Click here to read this in Spanish. On March 13, 2016, in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) will host a gathering of the world’s entomological societies to discuss collaborative control options to combat one of the world’s […]

Large New Species of Harvestman Only the Second in Its Genus

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Harvestmen are arachnids that are often mistaken for spiders. However, they are not even in the same order — spiders belong to Araneae, while harvestmen belong to Opiliones. In the U.S., harvestmen are often called “daddy-longlegs” and are sometimes mistaken for cellar spiders in the family Pholcidae. A newly discovered species, however, does not resemble […]

Bed Bugs that Feed Are More Likely to Survive Pesticide Exposure

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By Josh Lancette Many studies have been done on how effective certain pesticides are when they are applied to bed bugs. However, most have not allowed the bed bugs to take a blood meal after being exposed to pesticides, which can change the mortality rates, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology. […]

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