Stink Bugs Invading Homes Before Winter

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive insect from Asia, was first collected in the U.S. in Allentown, PA in 1998. Since then it has spread to more than 40 states. The BMSB damages fruits and vegetables and costs farmers millions of dollars each year. They are also a nuisance for home owners in […]

Macrophotography Webinar with Sam Droege, USGS

By now you’ve probably seen the incredible insect photos taken by Sam Droege of the United Sates Geological Survey, since they’ve been featured in articles by National Public Radio, Popular Photography Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, and many others. If somehow you missed them, click here to see them on Flickr. Or click here to look […]

Can Beetles Make Good Mothers?

A new study provides a rare glimpse into how certain beetles actually protect their young by showing explicit signs of maternal instincts and care. An international team of scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Centro Universitário de Lavras, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, and Université libre de Bruxelles looked into the complex subsocial behaviors […]

Baby Spiders are Flying Across Northern Texas

Recent news reports have been surfacing about silky strings floating through the air of northern Texas. As it turns out, the strings are the products of young, migrating spiders that are “ballooning” to find new homes. “There’s some that produce a ball like a balloon, and there’s some they call tent spiders because they create […]

An Update on Honeygate

Earlier this year, five people and two honey-processing companies were charged for what is now known as HoneyGate. In order to avoid paying tariffs that the U.S. government had imposed on Chinese honey, the defendants transited honey from China through other countries and mislabeled it to make it appear as if it came from Indonesia, […]