More Than 70 New Species of Water Mites Discovered via DNA and Color Markings

torrenticola mites

By Samuel Bolton, Ph.D. Picture a bubbling brook, gurgling over a hard bed of rocks and gravel. As a child, you were drawn to explore that strange and stony world, replete as it was with all manner of unfamiliar life forms. Freshly imbued with an unbridled curiosity for all things new, you were a natural […]

Another Tick Species’ Saliva Found to Have Antitumor Properties

camel tick

Millions of years of evolution have made ticks highly specialized bloodsuckers. In fact, researchers who have studied tick saliva have found a range of compounds that fight back host defenses like clotting and tissue repair and allow ticks to feed for extended periods. In another context, though, those same chemical properties could be seen in […]

The 5-Year Plan: Manage Japanese Barberry to Keep Tick Levels Low, Reduce Lyme Risk 

japanese barberry infestation

A long-term study of managing Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) shows that clearing the invasive shrub from a wooded area once can lead to a significant reduction in abundance of blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) for as long as six years. Published last week in Environmental Entomology, the new research follows up on previous findings of the […]

The Flies and Beetles That Turn Death Into Dinner

forensic entomology usual suspects

By Denise Gemmellaro This is the fourth in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Read earlier posts in the series and stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Every respectful movie or TV show featuring a scene with a dead body makes sure the buzzing of the flies […]

The Story of the Little Fire Ant, and Why Modern Medicine Can Learn From Indigenous Cultures

Wasmannia auropunctata

By John P. Roche, Ph.D. Lesions of the cornea that cause white discolorations of the eye, called leukomas or corneal opacities, have been discovered for decades in humans, domestic animals, and wild animals. Sometimes called West Indian punctate keratopathy, Florida spots, or Rice’s keratopathy, this condition was a mystery to the medical community. But a […]