Pyrethroid Insecticides Alter Honey Bee Behavior

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

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

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

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

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 […]