Tagging Monarch Butterflies Helps Track Their Migration

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By Kevin Fitzgerald Every autumn, the Migration Festival takes place at Lighthouse Point on the seacoast of Connecticut near New Haven. It’s a celebration of flying creatures: birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. This event is a cooperative effort sponsored by the New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Tree Department; New Haven Bird Club; Audubon Connecticut; Menunkatuck Audubon […]

New Species of Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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A new article by Michael Ferro and John Plakidas describes a new species of fly that was collected in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Neostenoptera appalachiensis is a gall midge, and it is the first record of the genus Neostenoptera in the New World. The specific name, appalachiensis, means “from the Appalachians” in Latin, in […]

Scientists Use Insects to Control an Invasive Weed

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The release of tiny insects to combat an invasive weed is paying off, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Scientists from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service released arundo gall wasps (Tetramesa romana) and arundo scale insects (Rhizaspidiotus donacis) several years ago as part of a biocontrol program to kill a […]

New Sand Fly Species Continue To Be Discovered in Brazil

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. Click here for Part 1. By Laurel Haavik All scientists try — or should try — their best to adhere to the scientific method. They pose a curious and contemporarily relevant question about how something works, […]

Emerald Ash Borer May Become a Problem for Olive Growers

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In October 2014, researchers at Wright State University discovered that an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer (EAB) was attacking white fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus) in addition to ash trees. This was big news at the time. The EAB had already killed tens of millions of ash trees, and the fact that it could harm […]

New Tiger Moth Genus and Species Discovered in Africa

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By Josh Lancette A new genus and species of tiger moth from Africa has been discovered by researchers from Poland and Germany. The new species, Tervurenia eloumdeni, was first found in a collection in the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium by Dr. Łukasz Przybyłowicz, who was preparing a catalogue of world Thyretina, […]