New Species of Mayfly Discovered in India


Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India. The new species, called Labiobaetis soldani, “is named in honor of Dr. […]

Entomology 2014 is Just Four Months Away


Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), is less than four months away. ESA meetings typically have more than 3,000 attendees, which is probably the largest gathering of insect scientists anywhere in the world. In order to get ready for the meeting, they’ve made a couple of videos that […]

City Heat Boosts Tree-Killing Scale Insect Populations


Big cities with large expanses of concrete, asphalt, and buildings are usually warmer than the suburbs or countrysides that surround them, a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. Now new research from North Carolina State University shows that these urban heat islands increase the number of young produced by the gloomy scale insect […]

Honey Bee Super-Foragers can be Replaced by Hive Mates if Necessary


Many social insect species have a small proportion of individual workers that perform a disproportionately large fraction of the work achieved by the colony as a whole. For example, a honey bee colony might contain a group of elite workers who forage much more than their hive mates. In order to observe this phenomenon, scientists […]

August is Tree Check Month: Help Save Trees from the Asian Longhorned Beetle


By Rhonda Santos You’ve probably already heard about the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) — or ALB for short — and its impact on the nation’s trees. Since its discovery in the U.S. in 1996, the ALB has led to the loss of nearly 130,000 trees, and the federal government has spent more than $500 […]

New Planthopper Species Found in Southern Spain


Not much is known about the genus of planthopper known as Conosimus, which now includes six species after a new one was recently discovered in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula in the Spanish city of Jaen. A description of it appears in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. The new species, Conosimus baenai, […]

Trogoderma glabrum: The Benjamin Button of the Insect World


By Joe Ballenger Dermestid beetles are usually decomposers that feed on corpses at the very last stages of decomposition. Many are pests because they damage museum specimens which cannot be replaced. Paradoxically, they are also prized by museums and hunters because they are very efficient at cleaning bits of meat away from bone without discoloring […]

Genetic Study Shows Orb-Weaver Spiders do not Share Common Origins


For decades, the story of spider evolution went like this: Over time spider diversity increased and some evolved new hunting strategies, including the ability to weave orb-shaped webs to trap their prey. From that single origin, the story goes, orb-weaver spiders diverged along different evolutionary paths, leading to today, where several species weave similar — […]

New Aquatic Mite Species Named after Jennifer Lopez


Earlier this year, a Mexican singer named Lila Downs had a grasshopper named after her, which was recently described in full by by Derek Woller. Now a pontarachnid mite species that is new to science has been named after the famous Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez. The mite, named Litarachna lopezae, was collected from Bajo […]

Scientists Decipher Stink Bug Aggregation Pheromone


Ever since the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) was first discovered in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the late 1990s, it has spread to more than 40 states and parts of Canada. It has devastated orchards, crops, and fields, and has become a terrible nuisance in gardens, backyards, and homes. It has an appetite for as […]


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