The Bug Chicks, Project Noah to Present New Insect Show

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The Bug Chicks, two ladies who hold master’s degrees in entomology from Texas A&M University and who produce educational videos about insects, are planning a new show which aims to inspire you to “get off the couch” and explore America’s backyard wilderness. This coast-to-coast journey will take place with a vintage sofa that will be […]

Scientists Use a Virus to Control Insects

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Introduced in Central America twenty years ago, the Guatemalan potato moth is wreaking havoc in potato crops in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. Its larvae can devour entire stocks of potato tubers, one of the main crops and the staple food of Andean populations. Control measures exist, but are toxic or financially out of reach for […]

Can a Spinach Gene Save America’s Orange Trees

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A recent article in the New York Times called “A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA” tells the story of citrus greening disease, which is destroying citrus trees in Florida. The disease is spread by an insect, the Asian citrus psyllid, an invasive species which was first detected in Florida in 1998. […]

Grad Student Discovers New Insect in Alaska

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A tiny scorpionfly was recently discovered by Jill Stockbridge, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, while she was doing research for her thesis on Prince of Wales Island. The tiny insect, which looks like a flea, has been declared a new species. According to Derek Sikes, an insect curator at the University […]

Research Shows Fungicide Affects Honey Bee Health

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While many studies have been conducted on how insecticides used on crops may affect honey bee health, a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that honey bees may be negatively affected by something completely different — fungicides. The researchers gathered pollen from honey bee hives […]

Cicada Killer Wasps have Emerged

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During the last few weeks, depending on region, large wasps known as cicada killers have been spotted. These aptly named wasps prey on cicadas; the female stings and paralyzes a cicada and brings it to her lair, where she deposits an egg on it. When the egg hatches, the larva feeds on the cicada carcass. […]

Lone Star Ticks Spread New Disease and Food Allergies

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As if Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever weren’t enough, scientists have recently found that ticks can spread other diseases and can even cause people to have allergic reactions to meat. Two men from northwestern Missouri were infected by a novel virus in 2009, and scientists recently traced it to populations of lone […]

Manipulating Genetics to Control Destructive Locusts

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All locusts are grasshoppers, but not all grasshoppers are locusts. Locusts are a special type of grasshopper capable of altering their shape, color and behavior in response to a change in density, an ability known as locust phase polyphenism. In the lab, Dr. Hojun Song has created two density scenarios–high and low–for several species of […]

ACE Program Considers Certification for Turf and Ornamental Professionals

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By Mike Merchant (Insects in the City Blog) Since 2004 the Entomological Society of America has offered a certification program for professionals in the pest control industry. The Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) – Pest Control program currently has 623 ACEs-Pest Control and is offering new services and growing every month. Now ESA is announcing its […]

Stink Bugs May be Good for Something After All

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By Richard Levine The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been annoying homeowners and fruit and vegetable growers for years, ever since it made its way to North America from Asia in 1998, where it was fist spotted in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Since then it’s been spotted in at least 36 other states. Although they cause […]