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

red mason bees

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

stable fly

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 […]

The Mechanism Matters: How Leaf Removal Kills a Common Grape Pest

pinot gris grapes

By Meredith Swett Walker Humans have been growing grapes for 6,000 to 8,000 years, and along the way we have learned some tricks. The refreshing citrus and mineral notes in your glass of chilled pinot grigio are a product of that accumulated knowledge. In pursuit of the ideal grape, we have learned how to reduce […]

Tick Tock: Fat Reserves in Blacklegged Ticks Provide a Life-Expectancy Clock

ixodes scapularis

The winter of 2011-2012 was a mild one in the New York City area, and the following summer saw the lowest population density of nymphal blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in the region since the Vector Ecology Laboratory at Fordham University had begun measuring it in 1987. And the ticks that were collected did not survive […]