With Just One Queen, How Do Honey Bees Avoid Inbreeding?

Like other social insects, honey bees live in colonies consisting mainly of closely-related members. However, high genetic diversity among the workers is important for the whole colony’s survival because it makes them better equipped to perform the diverse tasks required in the colony, and it means they will likely be less susceptible to disease. But […]

New Lucid Key to North American Rove Beetle Subfamilies

Michael Ferro, Margaret Thayer, Alfred Newton, and Jong-Seok Park have created an interactive, online Lucid key to North American subfamilies of Staphylinidae, commonly known as rove beetles. One out of every five beetles in the U.S. is a rove beetle, and their key is designed to make the first step in identification a little bit […]

Monitoring Ecological Change with Northern Beetles

By Chris Buddle Beetles are among the most adored of all insects. They exemplify diversity, perform virtually all ecological functions, and they are beautiful. They capture our imagination and wonder. Beetles are also found across the continent, including the far northern tundra in Canada. Some people find this surprising, but beetles — and other arthropods, […]

Two New Creeping Water Bug Species Found in Belize and Peru

By Kevin Fitzgerald Two new insect species have been added to the 900,000+ species that have previously been described: Ambrysus cayo, which was found in streams in western Belize, and Procryphocricos pilcopata, which was found in streams in southeastern Peru. Both are true bugs in the suborder Heteroptera in the family Naucoridae and the subfamily […]

Anopheles Mosquitoes as Vectors of Malaria in East Africa: Bed Nets and Beyond

By John P. Roche Malaria is a devastating disease, with almost two hundred million cases and half a million deaths per year worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that the rate of mortality from malaria has decreased 47% since the year 2000, and the reduction in the rate of mortality has been even more impressive […]