Customs Agents in Buffalo Intercept Invasive Tortricid Moth

Phaecasiophora-fernaldana

Last week an entomologist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Lewiston Bridge border crossing in Buffalo, NY have intercepted an invasive moth called Phaecasiophora fernaldana. A member of the family Tortricidae, this moth is not known to exist in the western hemisphere, and this […]

Insect Leaders Benefit from Followers, and Followers Benefit from Leaders

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Scientists in Australia have shown for the first time that when insect larvae follow a leader to forage for food, both leaders and followers benefit, growing much faster than if they are in a group of only leaders or only followers. The work gives new insight into why such social relationships evolve in insects, and […]

How to NOT Write Like a Scientist

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Want to get better at writing for a general audience? Check out this workshop at Entomology 2014 in Portland next month!

Researchers Have Sequenced the House Fly Genome

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The house fly might be a worldwide pest, but its genome will provide information that could improve our lives. From insights into pathogen immunity, to pest control and decomposing waste, the 691 Mb genome has been sequenced and analyzed by a global consortium of scientists, and is published in the open access journal Genome Biology. […]

Emerald Ash Borer May Have Spread to Different Tree

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The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a researcher at Wright State University. Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus). White fringetree is native to […]

Researchers Compare Efficacy of “Natural” Bed Bug Pesticides

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Concerns over human-insecticide exposure has stimulated the development of alternative bed bug control materials, and many essential oil-based pesticides and detergent insecticides have been developed in recent years. But how well do they work? To find out, researchers from Rutgers University evaluated the efficacy of nine essential oil-based products and two detergents that are labeled […]

Study Finds Genes that Control Monarch Butterfly Coloration and Migration

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The monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic insects in the world, best known for its distinct orange and black wings and a spectacular annual mass migration across North America. However, little has been known about the genes that underlie these famous traits, even as the insect’s storied migration appears to be in peril. […]

New Leafhopper Species Named after University of Illinois Entomologist

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Three new species of leafhoppers from China in the genus Futasujinus were recently identified during a review of leafhoppers in museum collections in China, the UK, and Illinois. One of them, Futasujinus dietrichi, was “named after Dr. Chris Dietrich, University of Illinois, USA, in recognition of his good work on leafhoppers.” The new species are […]

52-million-year-old Beetle Fossil is Oldest Known Practitioner of Myrmecophily

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Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a 52-million-year old beetle that was probably able to live alongside ants by preying on their eggs and usurping resources within the comfort of their own nest. The fossil, encased in a piece of amber from India, is the oldest-known example of this kind of social parasitism, known as […]

Big-headed Ants Are Biggest in Australia Due to Competition

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The big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) is considered one of the world’s worst invasive ant species. As the name implies, its colonies include soldier ants with disproportionately large heads. Their giant, muscle-bound noggins power their biting parts, the mandibles, which they use to attack other ants and cut up prey. In a new study, researchers report […]

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