A Plant Chemical Determines the Fate of Honey Bee Larvae

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A closer look at how honey bee colonies determine which larvae will serve as workers and which will become queens reveals that a plant chemical, p-coumaric acid, plays a key role in the bees’ developmental fate. The study, reported in the journal Science Advances, shows that broad developmental changes occur when honey bee larvae — […]

Research on Stink Bug Damage to Sweet Corn May Help Growers Manage Them


Cooperative Extension agents and researchers at the University of Delaware are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, the results of which could lead to better pest management strategies for growers throughout the state. Their findings were recently published in the […]

The Collophore Helps Put the Spring in Springtails


By Erin Weeks In 2000, a government building in Maryland had a bit of a springtail infestation on its grounds. Whenever it rained during humid months, springtails swarmed the lawn. These damp-loving hexapods in the order Collembola are harmless to humans and are rarely even noticed, despite being one of the most abundant animals found […]

Brown Widow Spider Reported for the First Time in Tahiti


By Josh Lancette Tahiti is a popular tourist destination, but one unwanted visitor has decided to make its home there: the brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus). A paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology has reported the discovery of the spider for the first time on Tahiti and also on four of the Cook […]

Texas Entomologists Find Redbanded Stink Bug to Be Dominant Species on Soybean


Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a report in the journal Environmental Entomology. Various types of stink bugs have long been a problem on soybean crops, but when sweeps of fields in […]

One Week Left for Entomologists to Apply for ICE 2016 Travel Grants


The 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) is expected to be the largest gathering of scientists and experts in the history of the entomological sciences, with an expected attendance of more than 6,000 delegates. The Congress will be co-located in Orlando, Florida with the 64th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), […]

New York Honey Bees Evolved Resistance to Disease After Exposure to Varroa Mites


An international research team has some good news for the struggling honey bee and the millions of people who depend on them to pollinate crops and other plants. These valuable pollinators have faced widespread colony losses over the past decade, largely due to the spread of a predatory mite called the Varroa destructor. But the […]

What Can Insects and Mites Tell Us About Water Quality?


By Hannah Foster If you take a cup of water from a pond, stream, or even a dirty drainage ditch and look at it closely, you’ll find that it is teaming with miniscule life. Some of the organisms you’re nearly certain to spot are water mites, a highly diverse group of tiny arthropods (most less […]

Cereal Systems Conference to Coincide with ESA Annual Meeting


By Sanford Eigenbrode To help Pacific Northwest farmers understand and adapt to the projected impacts of climate change, nearly 200 scientists, students, and educators from the region’s three land-grant universities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are finishing up a five-year integrated project. Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) for […]

Mosquito Hawk? Skeeter Eater? Giant Mosquito? No, No, and No


By Leslie Mertz That inch-long, gangly-legged insect that sneaks into your house and bounces around the walls and ceiling is a crane fly, and despite rumors to the contrary, it is neither a predator of mosquitoes nor a colossal mosquito. And it’s harmless. Although the Internet abounds with reports of adult crane flies biting or […]