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Polybia paulista wasp nest

Can Cuticle Compounds Be Extracted From Insects Preserved in Ethanol?

Researchers studying hydrocarbons in insect cuticles typically avoid specimens preserved in ethanol, for fear the solvent may interfere with chemical analysis. A new study, however, finds ethanol has little effect—at least in the case of one wasp species tested—and opens the possibility that ethanol-preserved insects can indeed be used for the analysis of cuticular chemical compounds.

and other associates that utilize native species. (Photo by Architect of the Capitol, via Flickr)

Planting a Tree? Choose a Native Species and Save Some Insects

Every invasive tree in the United States was intentionally introduced, and these plants often out-compete native plants while negatively affecting insects and other animals that depend on native species. You can do your part to help insects and protect local ecosystems by choosing native plants in your landscaping plans.

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