Two species of striped cucumber beetle are key pests of squashes, gourds, cucumbers, melons, and other cucurbit crops. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews the beetles' biology and current and potential management strategies.
A study of Loxosceles spiders in Iran, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan documents two new species, one of which the researchers have named for Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Brown marmorated stink bugs are generalist eaters, and finding them on one plant doesn't mean they haven't also been feeding on another. New research explores the potential of DNA analysis of stink bugs' gut contents to identify the plants they've eaten in the preceding two weeks.
The mosquito species Aedes scapularis had been previously detected in Florida just once, in 1945, but a new study of mosquitoes collected in 2020 has discovered that Aedes scapularis is now established on mainland Florida in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.