The wheat bug Nysius huttoni is a significant pest of wheat and cereal crops as well as a variety of brassica plants, and it is widely distributed in New Zealand. In a new profile in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, two New Zealand researchers offer guidance on IPM practices for managing the wheat bug while minimizing potential nontarget impacts.
Though studied for decades as a model organism, the tobacco hornworm's lack of silk production has never been thoroughly researched, until now. A team of researchers combining high-tech microscopic imaging with genomic techniques have captured in new detail the caterpillar's first instar silk-producing anatomy and subsequent loss of that capability as it molts to later instars.
In the wetlands of the southern plains of the United States, the damselfly Enallagma civile thrives, but a new study shows rising temperatures could affect the growth, development, and survival of the species in the region.
Researchers used CRISPR to cut out major wing patterning genes in Heliconius butterflies and discovered there's more than one pathway to rewind evolutionary time in butterfly co-mimics.
A new study shows how stress to soybean crops caused by the soybean aphid can be detected remotely by drone-based multispectral imagery.
A new meta-analysis points to opportunities for future research to improve the effectiveness of mosquito repellents.
Wild pollinators have the potential to play a bigger part in pollinating specialty crops, according to a new study.
Battling Bed Bugs and German Cockroaches Requires Cooperation and Continuous Integrated Pest Management Efforts
A new paper shows the benefits of building-wide IPM for reducing indoor pests in low-income, multi-family housing.
Floral features and environmental context influence generalist pollinators’ attraction to annual ornamental plants, which could help balance the needs of humans and pollinators.
A recent Journal of Medical Entomology study investigates the ability of essential oils to repel mosquitoes.
A recent study used electropenetrography to quantify mosquito feeding behavior. The study’s lead author sees great potential for other insect scientists to apply this method in their own work.
A new collection of research spotlights emerging new technologies and research methods revolutionizing the study of morphology.
A recent study finds that Rocky Mountain spotted fever may be transmitted almost immediately following a bite by an infected American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) with little or no grace period—a stark contrast to what researchers have thought for almost a century.
Invasive spotted lanternfly threatens numerous crops and trees in North America. A new paper may help pest managers control it.
A new Journal of Insect Science study provides insights into moth and butterfly communication and scale development.
A recent study shows that male emerald ash borers infected with a deadly fungus readily transmit the fungus when mating, opening doors for future biological control efforts.
A recent review article from the Annals of the ESA provides an overview of what we know about insects as food and feed.