The moth Lymantria dispar asiatica has been unintentionally introduced to North America several times in the last few decades. Through a complex monitoring and management program, officials have been able to prevent this pest from establishing in North American forests. A new report in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management gives an inside look at this success.
Prairie dogs in the western U.S. can carry the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, and their fleas play a primary role in spreading it among prairie dogs and to other animals. A group of scientists say insect-pathogenic fungi that target those fleas could be a useful tool in interrupting that transmission route.
A study on apple pollination highlights the valuable role that moths and other nocturnal insects play in pollinating crops and other plants.
Researchers have split the medically important American dog tick into two species: the existing Dermacentor variabilis in eastern states and the newly described Dermacentor similis west of the Rocky Mountains.
A team of researchers at Montana State University analyzed environmental and habitat conditions across four states in the Pacific Northwest to create a county-by-county risk rating for establishment of the invasive giant hornet Vespa mandarinia.