Three New Wasp Species Discovered in Vietnam

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

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

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

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

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 […]