Check Your Trees in August for Signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle


By Robyn Rose August is Tree Check Month for the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) since this is the time of year when the majority of adults emerge from trees. Experts believe the ALB’s introduction to the United States occurred through solid wood packaging material from China. ALB larvae bore into hardwood trees, damaging the […]

Researchers Discover Key to Bee Vaccination


When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don’t have a choice — they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. And now for the first time, scientists have discovered how they do it. Researchers from Arizona State University, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä and Norwegian University of Life Sciences […]

New Species of Gall-Inducing Insect Found in Australia


A University of Queensland graduate has identified a previously unknown species of insect living within reach of Australian suburbia. Thomas Semple investigated the insect responsible for bush coconuts in South East Queensland last year as part of his studies. “Bush coconuts, also known as bloodwood apples, are a type of bush tucker,” Mr, Semple said. […]

Mosquitoes Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Sort it Out Eventually


By Erin Weeks In the 1980s, public health officials and entomologists noticed a curious sea change in Florida. For centuries, the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) had been one of the deadliest and most invasive disease transmitters in the United States. Borne by stowaway mosquitoes from Africa, yellow fever surged through eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American cities, […]

Mowing Grass in Water-Detention Basins Increases Mosquito Populations


Mowing grass and weeds is a useful way of managing some pests. For example, clearing yards and fields is one way of managing ticks without using insecticides because mowing discourages rodents — on which some ticks feed on. However, for other situations it may have the opposite effect. A study of the West Nile virus […]

Emerald Ash Borer Infestation of White Fringetree Found to be Widespread


The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive pest that is decimating ash trees across the United States and Canada. By 2019, it’s estimated that the beetle will have caused economic damage to the tune of $10 billion. While originally thought to be a pest of ash trees exclusively, a researcher from Wright State […]

Ongoing NAS Study Examines Current Understanding of GE Crops


By Fred Gould Genetically engineered crops and their use in food are hot-button issues. People around the world have a wide range of questions and opinions about the agronomic, environmental, health, and socioeconomic, impacts of these crops. We entomologists have our own questions. How do genetically engineered crops fit into the spectrum of pest management […]

A New Pesticide-Free Way to Control Diamondback Moths


An article in the in the journal BioMed Central Biology describes a new pesticide-free and environmentally-friendly way to control diamondback moths (Plutella xylostella) with a “self-limiting gene.” The DBM is an invasive species and is a serious pest of cabbages, kale, canola and other crucifer crops around the world. The self-limiting gene technique, developed by […]

New Scarab Beetle from Cambodia Named After Roman Goddess of Love


A team of Japanese scientists found and described a new species of scarab beetle from Cambodia. The beetle was named Termitotrox venus after Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty and love. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. Mr. Kakizoe and Dr. Maruyama from the Kyushu University in Japan discovered the new scarab […]

New Sand Fly Species and Potential Vector of Leishmaniasis Discovered by Navy Entomologists


A team of U.S. Navy entomologists has discovered a new species of sand fly in Peru. These flies are tiny, but some of them pack a big punch — they’re known vectors of leishmaniasis, a disease that attacks both animals and humans. The new species of sand fly was collected during an ecological study of […]


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