Entomologist Emily Sandall, Ph.D., reports her perspectives from attending the most recent meeting of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. It’s a critical international effort to preserve Earth’s biodiversity, but insects at times take a backseat to other fauna in the negotiations.
A multi-year study of wild bee species pollinating fruit crops finds significant variance year-to-year in the species mix and more species needed to maintain threshold pollination levels over multiple years than in any single year. The analysis offers clear evidence that greater biodiversity yields greater ecosystem resilience.
See the ceramic vase featuring dozens of insects that wowed attendees at the juried art show at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia in November—and meet Sarah Ritchie, the artist behind the creation.
With cooler, wetter climates than lowlands nearby, mountains in the Interior Highlands of Arkansas each feature their own communities of parasitic wasps—and likely other insects—that differ from the insect fauna found on other mountains and in the surrounding valleys.
A tiny parasitoid wasp species, long considered a generalist with more than 65 different host species, is revealed in a new study to actually comprise at least 16 different species, identical in appearance but genetically distinct.