New Species of Gall-Inducing Insect Found in Australia

Cystococcus-campanidorsalis

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

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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

Culex-pipiens

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

Agrilus-planipennis

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

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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

Plutella-xylostella

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

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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

Lutzomyia-nautaensis

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 […]

Male Black Widow Spiders Destroy Females’ Webs to Deter Rivals

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Male black widow spiders destroy large sections of the female’s web during courtship and wrap it up in their own silk. New research published in Animal Behaviour shows that this home-wrecking behavior deters rival males, by making the female’s web less attractive to them. Surprisingly, the females don’t seem to mind the destruction. The authors […]

Reaching Beyond Our Horizons: Combining Insects With Enthusiasm on Social Media

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By Morgan Jackson If you’re reading Entomology Today, you probably have a passing familiarity with social-networking sites (often referred to simply as “social media”) like Facebook, Twitter, and the seemingly endless variety of new and evolving apps, networks, and tools. While the shear variety of social media may be as daunting as the wave of […]

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