Two New Stink Bug Species Named for Dragons From Game of Thrones

Neoacledra drogon and Neoacledra viserion

By Eduardo Faundez, Ph.D. Recently two new Chilean species of stink bugs were discovered and named after Drogon and Viserion, dragons of the TV series “Game of Thrones,” based on A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. My colleagues—Mariom Carvajal at the Instituto de la Patagonia, University of Magallanes and David Rider, Ph.D., […]

Listening to Larvae: How Acoustics Can Measure Efficacy of Palm Weevil Management

red palm weevil larva

By Andrew Porterfield The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) is a common pest of palm trees in subtropical regions of the globe (and, for a brief time, in the United States). Working unseen and deep inside the palm trunk, the weevil larvae tunnel and feed, eventually killing the palm. Working around the weevil’s penchant for […]

Old, But Not That Old: Debunking the Myth of Ancient Cockroaches

Gyna lurida

By Dominic Anthony Evangelista, Ph.D. and Manpreet Kohli Cockroaches are not 300 million years old. They might not even be 200 million years old. In fact, the oldest cockroaches known from the fossil record are only 125-140 million years old, hardly the ancient and immortal beasts claimed by some. In our new paper published in […]

More Than 70 New Species of Water Mites Discovered via DNA and Color Markings

torrenticola mites

By Samuel Bolton, Ph.D. Picture a bubbling brook, gurgling over a hard bed of rocks and gravel. As a child, you were drawn to explore that strange and stony world, replete as it was with all manner of unfamiliar life forms. Freshly imbued with an unbridled curiosity for all things new, you were a natural […]

Another Tick Species’ Saliva Found to Have Antitumor Properties

camel tick

Millions of years of evolution have made ticks highly specialized bloodsuckers. In fact, researchers who have studied tick saliva have found a range of compounds that fight back host defenses like clotting and tissue repair and allow ticks to feed for extended periods. In another context, though, those same chemical properties could be seen in […]