Chemicals from a Mosquito Predator May Be Used to Control Them


For decades, people have used a biological pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) to control mosquitoes and other insects. Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium that produces a protein that is toxic to insects, but is safe for humans. Organic farmers spray it on their crops in powder form, and modern plant breeders have inserted genes […]

Teachers workshop at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando


School teachers from Florida and other states are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (Rooms W2224 G&H in the west concourse of the center). STEMbugs, a workshop for primary and secondary school educators, will show teachers how to develop new lesson plans […]

Traveling Bees Have More Stress and Shorter Lives


Research from North Carolina State University, published in Scientific Reports, shows that travel can adversely affect bee health and lifespans. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are frequently trucked around the United States to pollinate crops like apples, almonds and berries. The new research shows that traveling bees generally have shorter lives than stationary bees, and they […]

A New Psyllid Pest on Ornamental Trees in California


By Surendra K. Dara If California and Florida compete (or collaborate, to be politically correct) for anything of agricultural importance other than strawberries and oranges, it would be the influx of invasive pests. Being major ports of entries for international trade and travel on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and having ideal environmental conditions — […]

New Fossil Evidence Shows Beetles Pollinated Orchids Millions of Years Ago


By John P. Roche For flowering plants to reproduce sexually, they need to disperse pollen so that the male gametes in the pollen can reach and fertilize the egg in the plant embryo sac. Plants have evolved a variety of mechanisms to disperse pollen. Among them, orchids have evolved a mechanism using pollination structures called […]

Soybean’s Wild Relatives May Provide Clues for Managing Kudzu Bugs


When the kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria) was first discovered in the southeastern U.S. in 2009, it received an ambiguous welcome. As its name implies, it feeds on kudzu, an invasive, viney weed that smothers other plants, so it was believed that it could possibly used as a biological control agent to help manage kudzu vines. […]

New Research Reveals How Flesh Flies Hear

Flies in the genus Emblemasoma.

By Ed Ricciuti Scientists have clocked many hours studying how females of various parasitoid flies home in on the calls of cicadas, grasshoppers, and other insects that are their hosts. Research into the mechanics and workings of the ears that are used to do it, however, is far less glitzy and has received scant attention, […]

Sulfoxaflor Found to Be Less Harmful to Beneficial Predators of Soybean Aphids


By Andrew Porterfield A new study from the University of Minnesota has found that the selective insecticide sulfoxaflor is just as effective at controlling soybean aphids (Aphis glycines) as broad-spectrum insecticides, without causing significant harm to some beneficial predators of the aphid. The new study by Anh Tran, Tavvs Alves, and Robert Koch, published in […]

Insects As Wallpaper: An Interview With Artist Jennifer Angus


By Josh Lancette When you see an insect climbing up your wall, you might not think, “Hmm, that would make great wallpaper.” You also might not think, “That’s fine art.” However, after seeing Jennifer Angus’ art installations, you just might. For the past 15 years, Jennifer has been creating intricate art exhibits by using dead […]

Scientists Sequence the Genome of the Tobacco Hornworm


An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) — a caterpillar species used in many research laboratories for studies of insect biology. Professor Gary Blissard of the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, and Professor Michael Kanost of Kansas State University, initiated the study and are co-senior authors […]


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