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Monarda fistulosa flower patch

Do Pollinators Prefer Dense Flower Patches? Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No

A study looking at floral density and pollinators finds that some types of pollinating insects prefer dense flower patches more than others, but that preference can also vary by flower species, too. The complicated findings offer clues to how multiple pollinator species co-exist and compete for floral resources.

monarch butterfly

Discussing Monarch Butterfly Status, Conservation, and Research With Bayer Scientists

Sponsored post: The monarch butterfly's status as an icon for pollinators and other beneficial insects is uncontested, but its population levels have been declining in recent decades. In this Q&A, scientists at Bayer share how their work in monarch butterfly conservation and pollinator protection reflects Bayer's commitment to sustainability and biodiversity.

Amazing Insects ›

periodical cicada

The 2021 Brood X Cicada Emergence: A Recap

When the world's largest brood of 17-year periodical cicadas rose from the ground in spring 2021, the eastern U.S. (and beyond) was ready. Half a million crowdsourced observations later, the entomologists who followed the Brood X 2021 emergence reflect on the experience.

Science Policy and Outreach ›

fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) on maize

The Promise—and Limits—of Bt Maize to Manage Fall Armyworm in Africa

As fall armyworm continues to threaten food security in Africa, the use of Bt maize offers significant potential to manage the pest. But it will be critical to manage resistance via multi-toxin crop varieties and appropriate use of refuge planting—all in forms accessible to the smallholder farmers that grow nearly all of Africa's maize.

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Monarda fistulosa flower patch

Do Pollinators Prefer Dense Flower Patches? Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No

A study looking at floral density and pollinators finds that some types of pollinating insects prefer dense flower patches more than others, but that preference can also vary by flower species, too. The complicated findings offer clues to how multiple pollinator species co-exist and compete for floral resources.

The Entomology Profession ›

Lari-Leuco containers

New Container Aids in Biocontrol of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Researchers deploying predator insects to attack an invasive forest pest need to monitor how well those predators' populations are growing. A new specially designed container speeds up that work by collecting and separating two different predator species at the same time.

corn earworm on hemp bud

A Budding Problem: Managing Corn Earworm in Commercial Hemp Production

The corn earworm is an emerging pest of commercial hemp production throughout the U.S. Boring through stalks and feeding on reproductive structures, this pest presents several management challenges for hemp producers. While integrated pest management strategies for more traditional agricultural crops are established, much work is still needed to develop effective IPM for the corn earworm in hemp.

Clues in the Clay: Decoy Insect Larvae Reveal Predator Presence in Turfgrass

Researchers at the University of Georgia are studying how clay models of caterpillars and other insect larvae can attract predator insects and arthropods in turfgrass and reveal their presence by the marks they leave behind. Their latest study fine-tunes the method by evaluating the colors, shapes, and sizes of the decoys that work best.

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