GAT Mosquito Traps Can Be Effective Even without Pesticides

A male Aedes aegypti mosquito crawled in Dr. Grayson Brown's lab at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.  The males do not bite and are identified by a larger, bushier antennal flagellum on their heads.

By Ed Ricciuti With Zika, dengue, and chikungunya spreading, and yellow fever re-emerging, health workers are ramping up surveillance of the ubiquitous Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries these arboviral diseases. Several types of traps and killing agents are available for collecting the insects, but there is a catch: the gear now employed is often too […]

The World’s Deepest Flying Insect Lives in Complete Darkness with No Food or Sex

Troglocladius-hajdi

Deep below the Velebit mountains of Southern Croatia, 1,431 meters under ground, lies the Lukina Jama cave system, the 14th deepest cave in the world. In the last decade, this cave has received much attention by cave scientists for its comparatively rich fauna of strictly subterranean animals, including subterranean leeches and a translucent snail species […]

USDA to Release Russian Wasps Against the Emerald Ash Borer

Spathius-galinae

With the emerald ash borer beetle devastating ash tree populations throughout the United States, solutions to help fight the insect are critical. Thanks in part to research from the University of Delaware and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, a host-specific parasitoid wasp from Russia — Spathius galinae — has been approved for release to help […]

Biological Control in Brazil is Used on an Area that is Larger than Belgium

Ageniaspis-citricola

By Alexandre Diniz, José Roberto Postali Parra, and Aloisio Coelho Jr. Some biological control programs involve large-scale rearing of millions insect predators that are released near agricultural crops. In Brazil, researchers have implemented of a number of successful biological control programs. Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sugarcane, which has one of the oldest […]

New Species of Quill Mite Is an Ectoparasite of Owls

Syringophilidae

By Josh Lancette A team of researchers from Poland and Germany have discovered four new species and one new genus of quill mites that are ectoparasites of owls. All of the specimens were collected from dry owl skins in museum collections, and the descriptions are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The new species […]

A Report from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, DC

itm-symposium

By Richard Levine In May 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center held a meeting called the “Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem.” Entomologists and public-health officials from the USDA, DOD, USGS, […]

Sawfly Species Found in Arkansas Show Range Expansions of Hundreds of Miles

Pamphilius-ocreatus

Sawflies and wood wasps form a group of insects that feed mainly on plants when immature. Field work by Dr. Michael Skvarla, which was conducted during his PhD research at the University of Arkansas, has uncovered 30 species of these plant-feeding wasps that were previously unknown in the state. The study is published it in […]

New Website Features Insects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Syrphus-opinator

Robert Peterson, a professor at Montana State University, has created an online collection of his photos showcasing the insect world of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Peterson hopes the online photobook — which includes more than 120 images taken over a period of 14 years — will be used and appreciated by the public. The […]

New Weevil Species Named after Country Musician Kevin Fowler

lymantes_fowleri

By Alex Quesnel A new species of weevil found near Austin, Texas has been named Lymantes fowleri after Kevin Fowler, a country musician based in the area. The scientist who chose the name is entomologist Dr. Robert Anderson, Director of the Centre for Species Discovery and Change at the Canadian Museum of Nature. A keen […]

New Longhorned Beetle Species Gives Live Birth

Borneostyrax-cristatus

A new wingless longhorned beetle species has been found in the mountains of northern Borneo, and instead of laying eggs, the females give live birth. The new species is described in the journal ZooKeys. Generally, insects are oviparous, which means that the females lay eggs, where the embryonic development occurs. On the other hand, ovoviviparous […]