Natural Compound Deters Lone Star Tick Larvae

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A naturally occurring botanical compound found in anise, fennel, vanilla, and cranberries is effective in deterring the larval stage of the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum), a major human and livestock pest, according to research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

Some “Green” Oils Can Stop a Bed Bug—But Many Can’t

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By Andrew Porterfield Could the answer to a burgeoning bed bug problem come from another popular trend, essential oils? Not from most oils, say researchers from Rutgers University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, though a few oils—particularly silicone and paraffin oils—show some potential. Over the past 10 years, the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) […]

Entomologists Urged to Beware the “Dark Side” of Light Traps

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The Old Reliable for generations of entomologists, the light trap remains perhaps the best catchall collecting device to sample large numbers and species of insects, but it also may mask infestations of some insect-borne illnesses and even expose humans to disease vectors. So suggests a paper published today in the Journal of Medical Entomology, catchily titled “The Dark Side of Light Traps.”

Butterfly Color Patterns Reveal Clues About the Genes That Build Insect Wings

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By Viviane Callier Butterfly wings are natural canvases decorated with elaborate color patterns, but how these patterns develop and evolve is still incompletely understood. Now, a new study in Scientific Reports has identified the genetic code by which butterflies can assign color patterns to different parts of their wings during development. The code is based […]

“Insecta” Documentary Explores the Beauty and Wonder of Entomology

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Ever wondered what makes an entomologist tick? What, exactly, drives an entomologist’s fascination in creatures that so many others avoid? Well, if you’re an entomologist like so many of our readers here at Entomology Today, you could probably readily answer those questions yourself. But for people outside the profession, entomology can be a bit of […]