Three New Wasp Species Discovered in Vietnam

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For the first time in the Indochina region, wasps from the Cynipidae family have been discovered. Plagiotrochus indochinensis, Dryocosmus okajimai, and Synophrus vietnamensis are described in a new article appearing in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. P. indochinensis is probably a gall wasp, as the authors observed it inserting its ovipositor into […]

39 New Species of Cockroach Discovered in the Southwestern US and Mexico

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A genus of cockroach in the poorly studied family Corydiidae has been revised for the first time since 1920. The revision has resulted in the discovery and description of 39 new species of Arenivaga, a genus which previously held nine species. The Corydiidae family of roaches is found worldwide and its constituents are frequently found […]

Low-oxygen Environment Increases Sterile Insect Longevity

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The sterile insect technique, or SIT, has been used for decades. Insects are irradiated so they become sterile, and then they’re released into the wild where they find mates. However, since they are sterile, there are no offspring, thus trimming the population and the threat to agricultural crops. The technique has been used effectively against […]

Removing Head Lice Eggs with Ordinary Conditioner is Just as Effective as Using Special Products

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Eggs from head lice, also called nits, are incredibly difficult to remove. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cement them in place with a glue-like substance, making them hard to get rid of. In fact, the eggs are glued down so strongly that they will stay in place even after […]

New Parasitoid Wasp Species Found in China May Help Save Pine Trees

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A new wasp species discovered in China may be used in the future to help control a beetle that is damaging pine trees. The new wasp, Callimomoides monochaphagae Yang, is described in an article in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. C. monochaphagae is a solitary wasp that parasitizes eggs of the pine sawyer […]

Bug-Bombs + Drones = The Future of Biocontrol

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In a recent post from Joel Grossman at his Biocontrol Beat blog, he writes about a slide show he viewed at a late-night session of the Korean Young Entomologists network in Austin, Texas during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. The slide show, presented by West Virginia University entomologist Yong-Lak Park, […]

Two New Species of Butterfly Accidentally Discovered in Eastern USA

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The discovery of a new butterfly species is very rare nowadays, so it’s even more remarkable that Texas researchers have discovered not just one, but two new species. “It was completely unexpected,” said Dr. Nick Grishin, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “We were studying genetics of these butterflies […]

New Species of Bizarre, Worm-like Mite Discovered on Ohio State University Campus

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By Samuel Bolton I recently had the good fortune of discovering a new species of mite that looks bizarre enough to be no less suitable for science fiction than science reality. Luckier still, collecting it did not require an arduous and intrepid journey across hostile terrain to reach the location. I simply walked across the […]

Young Wasp Colonies are More Likely to Accept Strangers

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A new study published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology explores how wasps accept outsiders to their colonies and whether age makes a difference. The study, by University of Miami biologist Floria Mora-Kepfer Uy, used the social wasp Mischocyttarus mexicanus to compare new colonies versus established ones, and to compare the acceptance rate of […]

Free Books about Ants for iTunes or as PDF

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Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants of New York City is a free book from the School of Ants project, a citizen-scientist driven study of the ants that live in urban areas, particularly around homes and schools. This new book is the second in a series of books — the first was called Dr. Eleanor’s […]