You’ve Got Ants: New 10-Minute Test Kit Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

red imported fire ant

The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) is an invasive species from South America that is damaging to agriculture and wildlife and known for its painful, venomous sting. That venom, however, is now a promising tool for entomological researchers in fighting back against S. invicta and limiting its spread. Throughout the southeastern United States, shipments […]

Check Your Trees in August for Signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle

By Robyn Rose August is Tree Check Month for the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) since this is the time of year when the majority of adults emerge from trees. Experts believe the ALB’s introduction to the United States occurred through solid wood packaging material from China. ALB larvae bore into hardwood trees, damaging the […]

Customs Agents in Buffalo Intercept Invasive Tortricid Moth

Last week an entomologist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Lewiston Bridge border crossing in Buffalo, NY have intercepted an invasive moth called Phaecasiophora fernaldana. A member of the family Tortricidae, this moth is not known to exist in the western hemisphere, and this […]