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 […]

California Researchers Find New Tool Against the Asian Citrus Psyllid


The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), or ACP for short, is an invasive insect that threatens the citrus industry because of a deadly disease — known as huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease — that it spreads to citrus trees. This insect-disease combination has cost Florida’s citrus industry $1.3 billion in losses, and production costs have […]

Zombie Ladybugs Protect Their Own Predators


A spotted lady beetle (Coleomegilla maculata) protecting the cocoon of a parasitic wasp (Dinocampus coccinellae) that hatched from an egg inside of its own body. Photo by Anand Varma/National Geographic; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal.

Bacterium May Make Mosquitoes Less Susceptible to Dengue and Malaria


Just like those of humans, insect guts are full of microbes, and the microbiota can influence the insect’s ability to transmit diseases. A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that a bacterium isolated from the gut of an Aedes mosquito can reduce infection of mosquitoes by malaria parasites and dengue virus. The bacterium can also […]

Stingerless Suicidal Bees Bite Rivals to the Death


They may be tiny and stingless, but there’s nothing sweet and innocent about a species of native sugarbag bee when it goes to war over a coveted honey-filled hive. A study by published in The American Naturalist by behavioral ecologist Dr. Paul Cunningham from Queensland University of Technology, and molecular biologist Dr. James Hereward from […]

The ACE International Program Launched Today During PestWorld in Orlando


By Richard Levine I’m in Orlando, Florida for PestWorld, the annual meeting of the National Pest Management Association, along with Chris Stelzig, director of the Entomological Society of America’s Certification Program. We’ve been joined by a lot of Board Certified Entomologists, such as Richard Berman, Rebecca Baldwin, Chelle Hartzer, Forrest St. Aubin, Shripat Kamble, Tim […]