Lack of Milkweed Is Not Harming Monarch Butterfly Populations, New Research Suggests


People who attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America are likely to remember Dr. Anurag Agrawal, who talked about Dame Miriam Rothschild when he presented the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture. The ESA Founders’ Memorial Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an entomologist. Now Dr. Agrawal […]

New Scorpion Species Discovered in California


Recent fieldwork by researchers Warren Savary and Rob Bryson uncovered a new species of scorpion in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in northeastern California. It is related to several species in the genus Pseudouroctonus, and is only the fourth new species of scorpion to be described from California in the past twenty years. The […]

Varroa Mites and Associated Honey Bee Diseases More Severe than Previously Thought


Researchers from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently completed the first comprehensive, multi-year study of honey bee parasites and disease as part of the National Honey Bee Disease Survey. Key findings, which are published in the journal Apidologie, show that the Varroa mite, a major honey bee pest, is far […]

Study Provides Insights on Evolution and Diversity of Dung Beetles


One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor, and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by an entomologist from Western Kentucky University. The study by Dr. T. Keith Philips, recently published in the open access journal Zookeys, […]

Adult Bed Bugs Prefer Red and Black, But Avoid Yellow and Green


By Josh Lancette Researchers from the University of Florida and Union College in Lincoln, NE wondered whether bed bugs preferred certain colors for their hiding places, so they did some testing in the lab. The tests consisted of using small tent-like harborages that were made from colored cardstock and placed in Petri dishes. A bed […]

Twelve New Scuttle Fly Species Found in Los Angeles


A team of three entomologists have discovered twelve new scuttle fly species that were found in Los Angeles. Their study is published in Biodiversity Data Journal. “The remarkable diversity of biologies of these flies makes them a varied and essential group to document in any ecosystem,” said the authors in a news release. “There is […]

New Research Shows How Different Strains of Bed Bugs are Able to Resist Insecticides


By Cameron Webb The wellness industry is booming, but it’s not just people looking for the latest “detox” diet. Some of our closest parasitic foes are well ahead of us in mastering the art of detoxification. Bed bugs are one of the most loathsome of all pests that attack and bite humans. Their resurgence in […]

New Black Fly Species Found on the Island of Borneo


A new species of black fly has been discovered in Indonesia on the island of Borneo. The new species, which belongs to the family Simuliidae, is described in the Journal of Medical Entomology. A team of researchers from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, discovered the new species while surveying aquatic stages of […]

It’s Mosquito Awareness Week in California


This week (April 17-23, 2016) is Mosquito Awareness Week in California, and mosquito-control districts are doing their best to educate the public about how to control mosquito populations. As we move into spring and the weather gets warmer, the number of mosquitoes will increase as people begin spending more time outdoors. Mosquito Awareness Week is […]

Treating Southern Soybeans with Neonicotinoids Yields Economic Benefits After All


By Andrew Porterfield The class of insecticides called neonicotinoids (neonics) were introduced to a lot of fanfare from farmers and environmentalists alike. They were seen as far less toxic than alternative pesticides, and could be applied into the soil or on seeds, avoiding the damage to beneficial insects that’s often caused by sprays. But recently, […]