Oldest Rove Beetle in the Omaliini Tribe Found in French Amber


An international team of scientists from Spain, France, and the U.S. has discovered and described a rove beetle that is the oldest definitive member of the tribe Omaliini that has ever been found in amber. The discovery and description were made possible through the use of the propagation phase-contrast X-ray synchrotron imaging technique, which allows […]

New Pygmy Locust Discovered in Ancient Amber, Named after David Attenborough


A pygmy locust — a tiny grasshopper the size of a rose thorn that lived 18-20 million years ago and fed on moss, algae, and fungi — has been discovered in 20-million-year-old amber that was found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago. Scientists are still examining the amber collection, which will take […]

Periodical Cicadas in Iowa, Summer of 2014


This summer, I found myself back in my home state of Iowa, where I had the privilege of witnessing the emergence of the periodical cicadas. In some areas of Iowa, the only thing that can be heard is the buzzing from an amazing number of male cicadas. Periodical cicadas in the genus Magicicada are unique […]

New Species of Mayfly Discovered in India


Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India. The new species, called Labiobaetis soldani, “is named in honor of Dr. […]

Entomology 2014 is Just Four Months Away


Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), is less than four months away. ESA meetings typically have more than 3,000 attendees, which is probably the largest gathering of insect scientists anywhere in the world. In order to get ready for the meeting, they’ve made a couple of videos that […]

City Heat Boosts Tree-Killing Scale Insect Populations


Big cities with large expanses of concrete, asphalt, and buildings are usually warmer than the suburbs or countrysides that surround them, a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. Now new research from North Carolina State University shows that these urban heat islands increase the number of young produced by the gloomy scale insect […]

Honey Bee Super-Foragers can be Replaced by Hive Mates if Necessary


Many social insect species have a small proportion of individual workers that perform a disproportionately large fraction of the work achieved by the colony as a whole. For example, a honey bee colony might contain a group of elite workers who forage much more than their hive mates. In order to observe this phenomenon, scientists […]

August is Tree Check Month: Help Save Trees from the Asian Longhorned Beetle


By Rhonda Santos You’ve probably already heard about the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) — or ALB for short — and its impact on the nation’s trees. Since its discovery in the U.S. in 1996, the ALB has led to the loss of nearly 130,000 trees, and the federal government has spent more than $500 […]

New Planthopper Species Found in Southern Spain


Not much is known about the genus of planthopper known as Conosimus, which now includes six species after a new one was recently discovered in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula in the Spanish city of Jaen. A description of it appears in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. The new species, Conosimus baenai, […]

Trogoderma glabrum: The Benjamin Button of the Insect World


By Joe Ballenger Dermestid beetles are usually decomposers that feed on corpses at the very last stages of decomposition. Many are pests because they damage museum specimens which cannot be replaced. Paradoxically, they are also prized by museums and hunters because they are very efficient at cleaning bits of meat away from bone without discoloring […]