The Bug Chicks, Project Noah to Present New Insect Show

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

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

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

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

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 […]