By Erin Weeks In the 1980s, public health officials and entomologists noticed a curious sea change in Florida. For centuries, the yellowfever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) had been one of the […]
By John P. Roche The bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris, is a species of stink bug that was introduced into North America in 2008. It feeds on plants of the mustard […]
By Lucy Huang Model organisms have deepened our understanding of diverse biological concepts, including animal behavior, environmental changes, molecular genetics, developmental biology, and speciation. What defines a model organism is […]
By Chris Patrick The invasive kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria) is a gleaming glob of an insect. The adults, about the size of a lady beetle, are square-ish and shiny olive-green, […]
By Kevin Fitzgerald Since its discovery in Pennsylvania in 1998, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an invasive species native to eastern Asia, has swept into most U.S. states, […]
By Ed Ricciuti An endangered butterfly with a one-inch wingspan is the focus of a cutting-edge recovery program in Wisconsin that has become a model for other recovery plans for […]
By Richard Levine Agricultural pests, such as insects and weeds, can be incredibly adept at developing resistance to control methods. When you mention the word “resistance,” most people probably think […]
By Eduardo Faúndez Last year I wrote about some interesting scientific names that have been given to insects, and about why entomologists choose such names. Now we can add a […]
By Eric Rayfield In July 2015 entitled, researchers are launching an intense bumble bee project called “The Blue Ridge Bumble Bee Megatransect.” I’ll be joining Dr. Jennifer Geib of Appalachian […]
By Harvey Black As the effectiveness of the primary chemical weapon against the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) starts to wane, new ways to manage this pest are needed where […]
Have you seen strange lumpy growths on your plants? They might be galls caused by tiny wasps or flies.
By Joseph DeSisto With a flash of blue and green, a common green darner dragonfly tears through a cloud of mosquitoes like a shark through a shoal of fish. At […]
By Matt Shipman If you live in the United States, you’ve probably seen an odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) — one of the most common ants in the country. And […]
By Samuel Bolton For any small arthropod, the topsoil and litter layers are a veritable jungle — a morass of predators, pathogens, and meals. There are two basic strategies for […]
Join this citizen science project to help track where fireflies live and how they are affected by humans
Late spring and early summer there is a short-lived but massive mayfly invasion. Millions and millions of the fluttering insects rise up from the lake and into the air in thick clouds.