Fossilized Tick Provides Evidence that Lyme Disease is Millions of Years Older than Humans

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there about 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. The stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease was discovered nearly 40 years ago in a town called Lyme, Connecticut, which is how it got its name. However, newly discovered fossilized ticks show that the bacteria […]

Zinc-hardened Drill Bits Allow Parasitic Fig Wasps to Bore Holes to Lay Eggs

One of the main goals in the life of a female insect is to find the best place to lay her eggs. For one particular fig wasp (Apocryta westwoodi grandi), this involves boring through a tough, unripened fig with her immensely long ovipositor in order to find the larvae of other insects that are already […]

How to Keep Honey Bees from Nesting in your Home

By Derek Roach Mid-March until the beginning of July is considered to be the typical bee-swarming season in the United States. During this season, honey bees begin to collect pollen to feed on and to store for the upcoming winter season. At this point, the population of the hive is abundant due to the queen […]

Tiny, Black Lady Beetles Released Against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Maine

The Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect that is covered with white, waxy wool-like material. This insect, which came from Japan in the 1950s, causes deterioration of infested trees, including loss of needles, crown thinning, and tree death. Over the coming weeks, entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry […]

This Memorial Day, We Salute the Military Entomologists

Historically, more soldiers have died from insects than from bombs or bullets. In the early 1800s, tens of thousands of French soldiers died from yellow fever — which is vectored by mosquitoes — while trying to put down a rebellion in Haiti. “A man cannot work hard here without risking his life and it is […]