Predicting Shifts in the Range of Invasive Insect Species in the Face of Climate Change

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By John P. Roche As average temperatures rise globally, the ranges of many species will be affected. Climate-induced shifts in the ranges of invasive species will be particularly important because of the high economic and ecological impacts of these species. And predicting the extent to which temperature increases could affect the range of invasive species […]

Can a Forensic Entomologist Really Calculate Time of Death?

forensic entomology workshop

By Denise Gemmellaro This is the second part in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Read Part One and stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Medicolegal forensic entomology is a field of entomology focused on the study and observation insects that, because of their feeding behavior and biology, […]

The Microscopic Spines That Many Bee Species Use to Hatch

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Perhaps you’ve seen the 2015 video from photographer Anand Varma (and shared again last week via National Geographic), a time-lapse of bee larvae hatching and growing in their cells: Watch: larvae grow into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse https://t.co/JvRbXDMl2e — National Geographic (@NatGeo) July 19, 2017 What you can’t see in that video—in fact, what […]

Do You Know the Harlequin Bug’s Favorite Color?

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By Josh Lancette Ever wondered what a harlequin bug’s favorite color is? Some researchers from Virginia Tech and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service now have an answer. To help improve trapping of the harlequin bug (Murgantia histrionica), a pest of crops in the genus Brassica (such as cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, mustard, and cabbage) and a member […]

Could a Null-Hypothesis Model Bring Greater Clarity to Forensic Entomology?

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In its popular understanding, forensic entomology is the field of science that uses certain insects’ affinity for decomposition as a tool in death investigations. It is, of course, not as simple as TV crime dramas might lead you to believe, and practicing forensic entomologists know first-hand just how complicated the science is. Part of that […]