West Nile Virus Infections Can Be Estimated by Observing Rainfall and Temperatures

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By Alan Bolds A study by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) found that mosquito infection rates (MIR) for West Nile virus can be estimated with statistical models based on rainfall and temperature. The study, “Predicting West Nile Virus Infection Risk From the Synergistic Effects of Rainfall and Temperature,” was published in the […]

Controlling the Asian Tiger Mosquito, a Potential Zika Vector, is Possible but Difficult

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By Meredith Swett Walker Is there a tiger lurking in your neighborhood? The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is spreading in the U.S. and its preferred habitat is urban and suburban areas. Unfortunately Ae. albopictus is not simply a nuisance at backyard barbecues — the mosquito is a potential vector for Zika as well as […]

Free Articles Provide Insight on the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus

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This week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, and the Entomological Society of America is supporting the effort with a special collection of articles about the Asian tiger mosquito. Like its close relative Aedes aegypti, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been in the news recently due to its ability to transmit pathogens that […]

An Interview with Joseph Conlon, Technical Advisor of the American Mosquito Control Association

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The week of June 26 to July 2, 2016 has been declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and […]

Why Do Varroa Mite Populations Sometimes Increase in the Fall?

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The Varroa mite is public enemy number one to honey bees in the United States. Like little vampires, they suck the bees’ “blood” (hemolymph) and transmit viruses that can harm or kill them. According to Kirsten Traynor, a postdoctoral researcher in entomology at UMD, “We know that Varroa acts as a vector for viruses. The […]

National Pollinator Week is about More than Just Honey Bees

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June 20-26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week, and it’s a busy time of the year for bee scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) — and not just for the scientists who study honey bees. This week, for example, ARS entomologist Jim Cane is visiting the edges of alfalfa seed fields near Walla Walla, Washington […]

Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique

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Two prominent members of the Entomological Society of America were posthumously selected as winners of the Golden Goose Award, which honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered silly, odd, or obscure when first conducted but has resulted in significant benefits to society. Dr. Edward F. Knipling and Dr. Raymond C. Bushland are […]

Parasitoid Wasp Makes a Comeback after 101 Years

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A species of wasp that is a natural enemy of a wood-boring beetle that kills black locust trees has been rediscovered, more than 100 years after the last wasp of this species was found. The discovery is significant because the wood-boring beetle, known as the locust borer, is considered a serious pest that has discouraged […]

Rye Cover Crops Can Increase Armyworm Damage in Corn

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By Josh Lancette A new study from researchers at Iowa State University found that using rye as a cover crop in cornfields can lead to increased populations of true armyworm (Mythimna unipuncta) in the corn, as well as increased defoliation. Cover crops are typically considered to be beneficial. However, this study, which was published in […]

A Strange Butterfly-Ant Relationship Discovered in Peru

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By Aaron Pomerantz Phil Torres and I recently described the never-before-seen life history of Adelotypa annulifera, a metalmark butterfly in the family Riodinidae. While many riodinid butterfly species are known to have a symbiotic relationship between their caterpillars and ants, this appears to be the first documented case where the adult butterflies co-exist with ants. […]