Zombie Ladybugs Protect Their Own Predators

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A spotted lady beetle (Coleomegilla maculata) protecting the cocoon of a parasitic wasp (Dinocampus coccinellae) that hatched from an egg inside of its own body. Photo by Anand Varma/National Geographic; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal.

Bacterium May Make Mosquitoes Less Susceptible to Dengue and Malaria

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Just like those of humans, insect guts are full of microbes, and the microbiota can influence the insect’s ability to transmit diseases. A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that a bacterium isolated from the gut of an Aedes mosquito can reduce infection of mosquitoes by malaria parasites and dengue virus. The bacterium can also […]

Stingerless Suicidal Bees Bite Rivals to the Death

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They may be tiny and stingless, but there’s nothing sweet and innocent about a species of native sugarbag bee when it goes to war over a coveted honey-filled hive. A study by published in The American Naturalist by behavioral ecologist Dr. Paul Cunningham from Queensland University of Technology, and molecular biologist Dr. James Hereward from […]

The ACE International Program Launched Today During PestWorld in Orlando

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By Richard Levine I’m in Orlando, Florida for PestWorld, the annual meeting of the National Pest Management Association, along with Chris Stelzig, director of the Entomological Society of America’s Certification Program. We’ve been joined by a lot of Board Certified Entomologists, such as Richard Berman, Rebecca Baldwin, Chelle Hartzer, Forrest St. Aubin, Shripat Kamble, Tim […]

A visit to Ohio State University’s Department of Entomology

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By Richard Levine I’m in Columbus, Ohio for the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), and during some down-time was able to visit the Entomology Department at Ohio State University. I was a bit surprised to learn that a huge part of the department is actually located in Wooster, about 90 […]

Customs Agents in Buffalo Intercept Invasive Tortricid Moth

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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 […]

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