Eat This, Not That: Why Mantids Eat Everything But the Gut of Some Caterpillar Prey

mantid with monarch caterpillar

By Leslie Mertz When a Chinese mantid (Tenodera sinensis) grabs a nice, plump monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus), it not only “bites into the fleshy bits” but also eventually gnaws deeply enough to rip through the lining of the gut, the contents of which are propelled out of the still-alive larva as it writhes, describes biologist […]

Endangered Maritime Ringlet Shows Continued Decline in Eastern Canada

Coenonympha nipisiquit

An endangered butterfly species in eastern Canada appears to be declining in numbers, but a better understanding of how environmental conditions affect its lifecycle may better inform conservation efforts, according to a new study in Environmental Entomology. Coenonympha nipisiquit, also known as the maritime ringlet, lives in just 10 salt marshes in Quebec and New […]

Ticks: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Dab Their Animal Hosts With Insecticide

host-targeted bait box

An emerging tool in the fight against tick-borne disease, host-targeted bait boxes employ a sneaky trick: turning some of ticks’ favorite carriers —small mammals like mice and chipmunks —against them. And a new study in Journal of Medical Entomology shows an improved design has made such bait boxes an increasingly viable addition to integrated tick […]

Some Bed Bugs Are Better Climbers Than Others

tropical bed bugs climbing wall

Not all bed bugs are created equal, and some of the leading bed bug traps used by pest management professionals are ineffective against species with better climbing abilities than others. In a study published today in the Journal of Economic Entomology, a research team led by Dae-Yun Kim at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, has shown […]

A Chance Encounter: The Case of a Western Conifer-Seed Bug Biting a Human

western conifer-seed bug

Bed bugs, mosquitoes, ticks—and the western conifer-seed bug? Well, if you’re making a list of insects that have been recorded having bitten a human at least once, ever, then yes. But the western conifer-seed bug is almost certainly not our next great insect menace. In a brief report published last week in the Journal of […]