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Recent entomological research from ESA journals and ESA members

Certain Plants Compete for Ants

Many woodland plants rely on ants to disperse their seeds, and scientists recently demonstrated that certain ant-dispersed plants (myrmecochores) actually time their seed releases to maximize the ants’ efforts. “Competition […]

Bed Bugs Grow Faster in Groups

Researchers have previously observed that certain insects — especially crickets, cockroaches, and grasshoppers — tend to grow faster when they live in groups. However, no research has ever been done […]

Avocado Trees Threatened by Beetles, Fungus

Back in 2011, Dr. Jiri Hulcr, co-author of Xyleborini of New Guinea, a Taxonomic Monograph (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), warned that a subset of fungus-farming ambrosia beetles from southeast Asia could […]

Rearing Stink Bugs for Biological Control

Many people think of stink bugs as pests, especially as the brown marmorated stink bugs spreads throughout the U.S. However, certain stink bugs are beneficial, such as Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas), […]

Nine New Colorful Cuckoo Wasp Species from China

A new study provides seventeen records of the cuckoo wasp genus Cleptes from China, nine of which are beautifully-colored, new-to-science species. The study, published in the open-access journal ZooKeys, is […]

Can Trained Bees Detect Cancer in Patients?

Back in 2006, Science Daily ran an article about two scientists who were using wasps to detect drugs, explosives, toxic chemicals, and other substances. Five years later in 2011, Dr. […]

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