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black fig fly (Silba adipata)

Black Fig Fly: A New Invasive Pest in California

Black fig fly is a specialized pest of figs native to the Mediterranean region and first reported in the U.S. in 2021, in southern California. This fly is a threat to commercial fig production, and while little is known about it, researchers are now working to improve our knowledge of black fig fly ecology and management.

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New Guide Charts Path to Improved IPM for Fly Pests of Cattle

The current state of managing fly pests in livestock reveals a need for better understanding of underlying economics. A group of researchers in veterinary entomology, agricultural economics, and population modeling outline what's needed to build a transdisciplinary IPM approach for controlling flies in animal production.

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Cryptic species of Ormyrus labotus

Hidden Diversity: When One Wasp Species is Actually 16

A tiny parasitoid wasp species, long considered a generalist with more than 65 different host species, is revealed in a new study to actually comprise at least 16 different species, identical in appearance but genetically distinct.

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cattle with flies

New Guide Charts Path to Improved IPM for Fly Pests of Cattle

The current state of managing fly pests in livestock reveals a need for better understanding of underlying economics. A group of researchers in veterinary entomology, agricultural economics, and population modeling outline what's needed to build a transdisciplinary IPM approach for controlling flies in animal production.

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cattle with flies

New Guide Charts Path to Improved IPM for Fly Pests of Cattle

The current state of managing fly pests in livestock reveals a need for better understanding of underlying economics. A group of researchers in veterinary entomology, agricultural economics, and population modeling outline what's needed to build a transdisciplinary IPM approach for controlling flies in animal production.

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Mosquito Management in the Era of Extreme Weather

As climate change drives weather trends like intense hurricane seasons, even regions as far north as New England are seeing changes in mosquito populations. A Massachusetts mosquito-control entomologist shares her experience.

Spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii)

How a PCR Test (and Some Mouthwash) Could Nab an Invasive Fruit Fly

Detecting the presence of the invasive spotted-wing drosophila could soon get easier with a new molecular test for analyzing DNA in bulk trapping samples—sensitive enough to sniff out just one target fruit fly in a sample of 2,000. And the best liquid for preserving trapped flies' DNA comes from the dental-care shelf.

Study Sheds Light on Origins of Unique Silkworm Strain

Dubbed a "living fossil" by researchers, the Yao silkworm has been domesticated in virtual isolation for a millennium by the Baiku Yao ethnic group in China. New genetic research on the strain finds that the Yao silkworm is a primitive form of the domestic silkworm species Bombyx mori and more distantly related to other wild silkworm species.

milkweed garden

Urban Pollinators: Opportunities and Challenges for Conservation

In urban settings, plant selection and landscape maintenance play a critical role in pollinator populations and the preservation of essential ecosystem services. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews case studies and identifies opportunities for future study and action in urban pollinator conservation.

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