Peeking at the Playbook of Asian Trees May Help Stop the Emerald Ash Borer

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By David Showalter In just the last decade, the emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North America and is a growing threat to European ash. However, Asian ash species are not affected by the EAB. As a part of an effort to save the multi-billion dollar ash resources, […]

New eBook: The American Entomologist Poet’s Guide to the Order of Insects

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In addition to being a scientist, entomology professor, and editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, Gene Kritsky is also an art enthusiast and a scholar of insects in literature and the arts. He has co-authored articles about insect drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, insects in paintings by the sixteenth-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and the […]

A Tour of Portland with the Bug Chicks

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By Gwen Pearson ESA’s 62nd Annual Meeting will be held November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Portland is an amazing city, and home to The Bug Chicks, two of my favorite insect educators. Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker create insect-related educational materials for clients as diverse as NPR Science Friday to the Norman Borlaug Institute […]

Newly Discovered Planthopper Appendage Doesn’t Fit the Bauplan

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Although the world of insects is incredibly diverse, there are some morphological characteristics that all adult winged insects have shared in common for hundreds of millions of years. For example, all of them have five-segmented heads, three-segmented thoraxes with three pairs of legs, and 11-segmented abdomens. Any appendages that appear on their abdomens have been […]

Little Fire Ants Causing Big Problems on Guam

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How bad is the little fire ant situation on Guam? Bad enough for the University of Guam to release a statement telling the island’s residents, “If you haven’t been affected by LFA yet, you will be” without control efforts. “What this ant does is that it swarms and pretty much eats all of the animals, […]

Two New Species of Carabid Beetles Found in Ethiopia

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There are more than 150 species of beetles in the genus Calathus, 17 of which have only been found in the mountains of the Ethiopian Highlands. Now scientists have found two new ones — Calathus juan and Calathus carballalae — and have described them in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. C. juan is […]

Researchers Find Bacteria in Raw Honey that Could Replace Antibiotics

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Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey that produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds. These lactic acid bacteria were tested on severe human wound pathogens — such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) — and the […]

Newly Discovered Fly Species Parasitizes Moths in Brazil

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A newly discovered fly species in the Tachinidae family has been discovered and described in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. The new fly, Lespesia melloi, is a parasitoid of the Spanish moth (Xanthopastis timais), which means it could potentially be used as a biological control agent in the future. Spanish moth caterpillars feed on […]

New Parasitoid Wasp Species Found in China

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For the first time, wasps in the genus Spasskia (family: Braconidae) have been found in China, according to an article in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. In addition, a species in that genus which is totally new to science was also discovered. The new species, Spasskia brevicarinata, is very small — male and female […]

Ticks that Vector Lyme Disease Move West into North Dakota

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. Last year, most Lyme disease cases reported to the CDC were concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 96 percent of cases in 13 states. In fact, the disease gets its […]

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