Research on Stink Bug Damage to Sweet Corn May Help Growers Manage Them

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Cooperative Extension agents and researchers at the University of Delaware are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, the results of which could lead to better pest management strategies for growers throughout the state. Their findings were recently published in the […]

The Collophore Helps Put the Spring in Springtails

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By Erin Weeks In 2000, a government building in Maryland had a bit of a springtail infestation on its grounds. Whenever it rained during humid months, springtails swarmed the lawn. These damp-loving hexapods in the order Collembola are harmless to humans and are rarely even noticed, despite being one of the most abundant animals found […]

Brown Widow Spider Reported for the First Time in Tahiti

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By Josh Lancette Tahiti is a popular tourist destination, but one unwanted visitor has decided to make its home there: the brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus). A paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology has reported the discovery of the spider for the first time on Tahiti and also on four of the Cook […]

Texas Entomologists Find Redbanded Stink Bug to Be Dominant Species on Soybean

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Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a report in the journal Environmental Entomology. Various types of stink bugs have long been a problem on soybean crops, but when sweeps of fields in […]

One Week Left for Entomologists to Apply for ICE 2016 Travel Grants

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The 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) is expected to be the largest gathering of scientists and experts in the history of the entomological sciences, with an expected attendance of more than 6,000 delegates. The Congress will be co-located in Orlando, Florida with the 64th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), […]

New York Honey Bees Evolved Resistance to Disease After Exposure to Varroa Mites

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An international research team has some good news for the struggling honey bee and the millions of people who depend on them to pollinate crops and other plants. These valuable pollinators have faced widespread colony losses over the past decade, largely due to the spread of a predatory mite called the Varroa destructor. But the […]

What Can Insects and Mites Tell Us About Water Quality?

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By Hannah Foster If you take a cup of water from a pond, stream, or even a dirty drainage ditch and look at it closely, you’ll find that it is teaming with miniscule life. Some of the organisms you’re nearly certain to spot are water mites, a highly diverse group of tiny arthropods (most less […]

Cereal Systems Conference to Coincide with ESA Annual Meeting

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By Sanford Eigenbrode To help Pacific Northwest farmers understand and adapt to the projected impacts of climate change, nearly 200 scientists, students, and educators from the region’s three land-grant universities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are finishing up a five-year integrated project. Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) for […]

Mosquito Hawk? Skeeter Eater? Giant Mosquito? No, No, and No

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By Leslie Mertz That inch-long, gangly-legged insect that sneaks into your house and bounces around the walls and ceiling is a crane fly, and despite rumors to the contrary, it is neither a predator of mosquitoes nor a colossal mosquito. And it’s harmless. Although the Internet abounds with reports of adult crane flies biting or […]

ICE 2016 Co-Chairs Honored by Royal Entomological Society

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Alvin Simmons, co-chair of the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, was recently elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and his co-chair Walter Leal was recently named an Honorary Fellow of the RES. Simmons, a research entomologist at the USDA-ARS in Charleston, SC, will sign the “Obligations Book” and be recognized during the society’s Annual […]

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