My First Entomology Meeting: “It’s a Bug’s World”

By Chris Patrick In March 2015, the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America held their annual meeting in Rehoboth, Delaware. A newcomer to entomology, I spent most of my first meeting at the family-oriented “It’s a Bug’s World” insect expo. Children with painted faces bumbled among exhibitor tables, their pipe-cleaner antennae bouncing with […]

Mice Aren’t Nice, They Help Transmit Lyme Disease

By Hannah Foster Upon hearing the words “Lyme disease,” most people think of two things: ticks and deer. Although these are certainly important aspects of the disease, ticks and deer are only two pieces of the puzzle. Lyme disease is actually extremely complicated, and its spread is affected by a wide range of organisms. Knowing […]

Arachnid Matriphagy: These Spider Mothers Literally Die for Their Young

By Yael Lubin Maternal care can be costly. In fact, prolonged maternal care can sometimes cause a mother to delay or even forego producing additional young. An extreme case of costly reproduction occurs in the spider Stegodyphus lineatus (in the Old World family Eresidae), where the mother has only a single small clutch of young […]

Battling the Beetle: Pines in the Northwest are Under Threat

According to an article appearing in the April 2015 issue of National Geographic, more than 60 million acres of forest — from northern New Mexico through British Columbia — have suffered die-offs since the 1990s due to the spread of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). The beetles bore through the bark and create tunnels […]

Florida Scientists Discover Super Termites, and They’re Not Genetically Modified

By Richard Levine Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi) are the most damaging pest species in the world. Both are highly invasive and have spread throughout many areas of the world due to human activity, and their distributions overlap in some areas. Now scientists in Florida have observed Formosan males […]