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 […]