Commonly Used Fungicides Linked to Increased Mortality in Honey Bees

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Fungicides commonly used in almond orchards can be harmful to almond growers’ primary pollinator: honey bees. According to new lab research published this week in the Journal of Economic Entomology, the fungicide iprodione, when used alone or in combination with other common fungicides, leads to a significant reduction in the 10-day survival rate of forager […]

Fossilized Tick Carrying Pathogens in Mammalian Blood Cells Discovered in 15-Million-Year-Old Amber

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Ticks have been pathogen-carrying parasites for a very, very long time. A new discovery in a specimen of fossilized amber, roughly 15 million to 20 million years old, reveals a tick encased adjacent to mammalian blood cells infected with microbes resembling those in the order Piroplasmida. Today, related pathogens are known to cause Babesiosis and […]

Exit Strategy: How Pupating Red Mason Bees Deal With “Misorientation” Inside Their Nests

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By Kelly McKinne Most people would believe that insects rarely plan how they are going to emerge from their cocoons. From a human perspective, it seems to pale in comparison to the challenges of adulthood for these individuals. That belief could not be further from the truth, as we learn from recent research that was […]

After 13 Years and 1.7 Million Flies Caught, a Model for Predicting Stable Fly Populations

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Think for a moment about the date May 15, 2003. Any idea what you were doing that day? (It was a Thursday.) And can you think of anything that you’ve done a couple times a week, every week, in the nearly 14 years since? David Taylor, Ph.D., and a team of colleagues and students have […]

Study Finds Sweeteners Lead Fire Ants to a Bitter End

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By Josh Lancette Researchers from China have discovered that some sweeteners can be lethal to the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), a devastating pest found South America, the United States, Australia, Asia, and on many Caribbean islands. In a test, ants that were fed erythritol, aspartame, and saccharin had a mortality rate higher than […]