Sunflowers Linked to Reduced Varroa Mite Infestations in Honey Bees
A new study indicates a benefit to honey bees of local sunflower cropland. Even low levels of sunflower acreage nearby correlate with reduced Varroa mite infestation in managed colonies, researchers found, and supplemental sunflower pollen helps ward off the mites, as well.
Fall Armyworm Study Shows Maize, Sorghum as Preferred Host Plants
Studies have shown host plants for fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) potentially numbering in the hundreds, but a group of researchers suggests differentiating between plants that the insect prefers for its full life cycle versus those that are more likely to be secondary food sources.
Amped-Up Ants: Caterpillars’ Sugary Treats Earn Carpenter Ant Care
A new study finds endangered Miami blue butterfly larvae survive in greater numbers when protected by Florida carpenter ants, which fend off predators in exchange for the caterpillars' sugary secretions.
New Analysis Refines Taxonomy of Dermestid Beetles
A new, robust molecular and morphological analysis of beetles in the family Dermestidae improves understanding of the group's evolutionary relationships—valuable knowledge for pest management, trade regulations, and forensic entomology.