Pyrethroid Insecticides Alter Honey Bee Behavior

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According to a new study published in the journal Chemosphere, certain insecticides common to U.S. orchards appear to make honey bees substantially less busy — and no, they are not neonicotinoids. The study suggests that exposure to sublethal doses of insecticides known as pyrethroids may reduce honey bee movement and social interaction. The authors found […]

Pheromones Are Not Enough, Timing is Important Too

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Traditionally, pheromones have been defined as substances that are secreted by insects in order to influence the behavior of insects of the same species, as opposed to allelochemicals — substances emitted by one insect species that influence the behavior of another species. However, researchers from a University of Arizona-led team have found that many species […]

Scratch and Sniff: Feather Louse Sex Ratio Skewed by Citrus Scent of Seabird

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By Meredith Swett Walker Humans are a species where males and females are pretty equal — at least numerically. The number of boys born is roughly equal to the number of girls — a ratio of 1:1. Even if you look at the entire population of humans, not just newborns, the sex ratio is still […]

Black Soldier Flies as Recyclers of Waste and Possible Livestock Feed

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By Harvey Black If black soldier fly larvae could enter competitive eating contests, they would excel, especially when it comes to eating nasty stuff that we don’t want around or wouldn’t think of eating ourselves. Then, after the larvae had eaten, they could be recycled as feed for livestock, although the U.S. Food and Drug […]

Entomologists Meet Policymakers in Washington, DC

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In October 2014, the Entomological Society of America formed a Science Policy Fellows program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The plan was to select five entomologist and teach them about how science policy and science funding decisions are made at the federal level, and to […]

Predatory Wasp and Giant Walkingstick Among Top New Species for 2015

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By Harvey Black A nasty wasp and a giant walkingstick have been named to the annual Top 10 New Species for 2015. The list is compiled by taxonomic specialists under the auspices of the International Institute of Species Exploration of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York. The […]

Brown Dog Ticks are Resistant to Permethrin, Study Finds

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Dogs and their owners who battle the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) sometimes go to desperate measures to control them. Brown dog ticks can complete their life cycle inside people’s homes — unlike most ticks, which spend most of their lives outside. One female brown dog tick can lay up to 5,000 eggs in its […]

Two New Pillbugs Discovered in Los Angeles

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A Los Angeles class fieldtrip has led to the discovery of a new species of marine pillbug (Crustacea: Isopoda). While documenting that new species, a second new species of pillbug originally collected 142 years ago by biologists on a wooden sailing ship in Alaska was also discovered in a collection room at the Natural History […]

Behold the Hippoboscidae: Bizarre Biting Flies that Give Live Birth!

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By Meredith Swett Walker The Hippoboscidae, commonly known as “louse flies” or “keds,” are a family of rather bizarre flies that are probably more familiar to ornithologists, sheep ranchers, and equestrians than they are to most entomologists. You are unlikely to see one unless you have a bird in your hand, or are grooming a […]

New Book on Everything You Need to Know About Good Bugs in Your Garden

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A new book called Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficial Predatory Insects by Dr. Mary Gardiner, an entomologist at Ohio State University, offers gardeners an easy-to-follow reference on beneficial insects that provide pest control by eating the bad bugs in the garden. Wildlife in the garden — especially insects — can […]