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.
In Egypt, the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is a major pest of a wide variety of fruit crops. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management details the fly's life cycle and biology and available management methods for growers.