New Sand Fly Species Continue To Be Discovered in Brazil

By Josh Lancette A new species of sand fly, dubbed Psathyromyia elizabethdorvalae, has been discovered in Brazil and could be a potential vector of leishmaniasis, a disease spread by sand flies that can result in skin sores and damage to internal organs. The new sand fly is described in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The […]

Bear Wasps of the Middle Kingdom: A Decade of Discovering China’s Bumble Bees

By Paul H. Williams, Jiaxing Huang, and Jiandong An Bumble bees are well known for being among the most important pollinators in the world’s north-temperate regions. Perhaps more surprisingly, half of the world’s bumble bee species are concentrated in just one country, China. With an area only slightly smaller than the U.S., China has almost […]

New Bee Species Bores into Sandstone

When Michael Orr, a graduate student at Utah State University, observed what appeared to be bee nests in sandstone at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park in Utah, he decided to investigate by examining bee specimens at the USDA’s National Pollinating Insects Collection. Rummaging through drawer after drawer, he finally found what he’d been seeking: specimens […]

Free Online Resource for Soybean Growers to Manage Kudzu Bugs

By Josh Lancette There’s a relatively new pest of soybean in town. Its name? Megacopta cribraria, but most folks call it the kudzu bug. If left unchecked, the bug has been shown to cause up to 60% yield loss in soybean fields. In order to help manage this pest, researches at North Carolina State University […]

How Does Research Environment Shape Science and Life Outside of Science?

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik All scientists try — or should try — their best to adhere to the scientific method. They pose a curious and contemporarily relevant […]