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Category: Research News

Recent entomological research from ESA journals, members, and beyond

Closeup of an adult lone star tick, with head and mouthparts pointed to the right, on a mottled black background. The tick is rusty brown throughout its body except for a light yellowish brown spot in the center of its back.

Feeding Deer Corn With Tick-Control Drug Shows Promise in New Study

A proof-of-concept study shows the potential of feeding wild white-tailed deer corn treated with moxidectin, a derivative of ivermectin that eliminates ticks. Deer are key hosts in tick lifecycles, and systemic treatment could aid in reducing tick abundances. And, unlike ivermectin, moxidectin in deer meat may be safely consumed with no required delay.

A yellow and black bumble bee hangs upside down on a small flower attached to a thin green branch. On the left and right of the bee are orange balls of pollen, each nearly the size of the bee's head.

Rising Temps Put Foraging Bees at Risk of Overheating

The more pollen a bumble bee carries, the higher its body temperature rises, a new study confirms. As average temperatures rise amid climate change, bees and their pollination services in natural ecosystems could be threatened.