Speleobiologists Discover Four New Species of Dragon Millipedes in China

A team of speleobiologists — scientists who study creatures that inhabit caves — from the South China Agriculture University and the Russian Academy of Sciences have described four new species of dragon millipedes from southern China, two of which seem to be cave dwellers. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Millipedes […]

Citizen Science Project Wants YOU to Collect Cabbage White Butterflies

By Anne Espeset This past summer a few graduate students, including Sean Ryan (University of Notre Dame) and Anne Espeset (University of Nevada, Reno), launched The Pieris Project, a citizen science project that asks people from all over the world to help collect cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae). The Pieris Project was founded with the […]

International Researchers Find Major Fruit Fly Pests to be the Same Species

A global research effort has recently determined that four of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests are actually one and the same. Some of the world’s most damaging pest fruit flies — the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis), the Philippine fruit fly (B. philippinensis), the invasive fruit fly (B. invadens), the carambola fruit fly (B. […]

Can Dung Beetles Make Organic Food Safer?

For farmers — especially organic farmers, who are increasingly challenged by food safety guidelines — dung beetles could provide an elegant solution to a vexing problem. Entomologists at Washington State University are investigating whether the insects could suppress harmful foodborne pathogens in the soil before they spread to humans. The research will take place on […]

Scientists Find Mosquito Receptors that Make DEET Effective as Repellent

Scientists have long known that DEET, the gold standard of insect repellents for more than six decades, effectively repels mosquitoes, but now researchers in the Walter Leal Lab at the University of California, Davis, have discovered the exact odorant receptor that makes DEET effective. They have also identified a plant defensive compound that might mimic […]