Stink Bugs’ Tree Host Preferences May Provide Management Clues

By Kevin Fitzgerald Since its discovery in Pennsylvania in 1998, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an invasive species native to eastern Asia, has swept into most U.S. states, parts of Canada, and several European countries. The creature feasts on a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, soybeans, and ornamental plants. New research published in […]

Researchers Sequence Genome of the Australian Sheep Blowfly

All 14,544 genes of the Australian sheep blowfly (Lucilia cuprina) have been identified by an international research team led by the University of Melbourne. The research, published in Nature Communications, provides insights into the fly’s molecular biology, how it interacts with the sheep’s biology and, importantly, shows its potential to develop insecticide resistance. This blow […]

Wisconsin Butterfly Conservation Program Could Be a Model for Future Efforts

By Ed Ricciuti An endangered butterfly with a one-inch wingspan is the focus of a cutting-edge recovery program in Wisconsin that has become a model for other recovery plans for imperiled species. A history of the program, described in an article published in American Entomologist, could be a blueprint for similar efforts to save habitats […]

Pests Can Evolve Resistance to Many Types of Control Methods, Not Just Chemicals

By Richard Levine Agricultural pests, such as insects and weeds, can be incredibly adept at developing resistance to control methods. When you mention the word “resistance,” most people probably think of pests becoming resistant to certain chemicals — weeds becoming herbicide resistant, or insects becoming resistant to insecticides, for example. However, there are many other […]

UCR Student Finds New Firefly Species in Southern California

An undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside has discovered a new species of firefly from Southern California. Joshua Oliva found a specimen of the new species while collecting near Topanga, CA as part of his semester’s insect collection. “He wasn’t 100 percent certain it was a firefly, and brought it to me for […]