New Species of Gall-Inducing Insect Found in Australia

A University of Queensland graduate has identified a previously unknown species of insect living within reach of Australian suburbia. Thomas Semple investigated the insect responsible for bush coconuts in South East Queensland last year as part of his studies. “Bush coconuts, also known as bloodwood apples, are a type of bush tucker,” Mr, Semple said. […]

Mosquitoes Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Sort it Out Eventually

By Erin Weeks In the 1980s, public health officials and entomologists noticed a curious sea change in Florida. For centuries, the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) had been one of the deadliest and most invasive disease transmitters in the United States. Borne by stowaway mosquitoes from Africa, yellow fever surged through eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American cities, […]

Mowing Grass in Water-Detention Basins Increases Mosquito Populations

Mowing grass and weeds is a useful way of managing some pests. For example, clearing yards and fields is one way of managing ticks without using insecticides because mowing discourages rodents — on which some ticks feed on. However, for other situations it may have the opposite effect. A study of the West Nile virus […]

Emerald Ash Borer Infestation of White Fringetree Found to be Widespread

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive pest that is decimating ash trees across the United States and Canada. By 2019, it’s estimated that the beetle will have caused economic damage to the tune of $10 billion. While originally thought to be a pest of ash trees exclusively, a researcher from Wright State […]

Ongoing NAS Study Examines Current Understanding of GE Crops

By Fred Gould Genetically engineered crops and their use in food are hot-button issues. People around the world have a wide range of questions and opinions about the agronomic, environmental, health, and socioeconomic, impacts of these crops. We entomologists have our own questions. How do genetically engineered crops fit into the spectrum of pest management […]