Two New Species of Door Head Ants Found in Kenya and the Ivory Coast


Most ant species have only two castes: reproductives and workers. Reproductives help to sustain the colony by laying eggs, while workers forage for food, care for the young, and defend the colony. However, the workers of some ants are solely responsible for defense, and they are often considered to be a subcaste known as soldiers. […]

Three New Chigger Mite Species Discovered in Taiwan


Three new species of trombiculid mites, also known as “chiggers,” have been discovered in Taiwan, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Furthermore, 23 other species that are new records for Taiwan were found, more than doubling the number of previously-known species on the island. Chiggers are tiny mites that […]

Study Describes Three New Species of Fruit Flies and Revises Their Genus


By John P. Roche Acanthiophilus is a genus of fruit flies that infest plants of the tribe Cardueae (thistles) within the family Asteraceae. Members of this genus live in Africa, the Canary Islands, Europe, and Asia. Some species of Acanthiophilus are potential biological control agents of weeds, and others are serious pests to economically important […]

Nectar Robbers and Thieves Are Harming Rare Orchids in North Dakota


By Josh Lancette Robbers and thieves are flying in the fields of southeastern North Dakota, but these larcenists aren’t your typical criminals, prowling around in masks and disguises. They are hawk moths and bumble bees, and according to charges made by researchers in a paper recently published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of […]

The Case of the Mysterious Mesosa Longicorn Beetle


By Bekka Brodie It was a beautiful, sleek, black beetle with long antennae. Immediately, I knew it was different than any other longicorn beetle I had seen, but its identity eluded me. Solving mysteries may be “elementary” for Sherlock Holmes, but for entomologists, trying to identify an unknown insect requires more than careful examination of trace […]

Four Cases of Human Plague Confirmed in New Mexico


Versión Española The New Mexico Department of Health recently announced a laboratory-confirmed case of plague in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County. The case was confirmed at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division. This is the fourth human case of plague in New Mexico this year and the second in Santa Fe County. […]

Dirt and Bugs: Four-letter Words that Go Together


By Randall Southard, Edwin Lewis, Daniel Hirmas, and Rufus Isaacs The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils. In addition, the Entomological Society of America’s 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Soil Science Society of America and […]

Eleven New Digger Wasp Species Discovered in Australia


After being mostly neglected for more than a hundred years, a group of digger wasps from Australia has been given a major overhaul in terms of species descriptions and identification methods. This approach has led to an almost 50% rise in the number of recognized species of these wasps on the continent. The study was […]

Open-access Article Offers Horse Owners Advice on How to Control Flies with Parasitoid Wasps


By Leslie Mertz Horses need help when it comes to insect pests, particularly the house flies and stable flies that can be a near-constant source of annoyance and even disease. Unfortunately, horse farm managers and horse owners are in the dark about how best to tackle the issue because the research just hasn’t been done, […]

New Resource Will Help Growers Manage the Olive Fruit Fly


A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management aims to support California olive producers with an overview of the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae), which has become the key pest of olives since its introduction in 1998. The author, Victoria Y. Yokoyama of the USDA-ARS, describes the biology and life history of […]


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