New Scorpion Species Discovered in California

Recent fieldwork by researchers Warren Savary and Rob Bryson uncovered a new species of scorpion in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in northeastern California. It is related to several species in the genus Pseudouroctonus, and is only the fourth new species of scorpion to be described from California in the past twenty years. The […]

It’s Mosquito Awareness Week in California

This week (April 17-23, 2016) is Mosquito Awareness Week in California, and mosquito-control districts are doing their best to educate the public about how to control mosquito populations. As we move into spring and the weather gets warmer, the number of mosquitoes will increase as people begin spending more time outdoors. Mosquito Awareness Week is […]

Obscure Mealybug Found on Almond Trees for First Time in California

By Jhalendra Rijal Pseudococcus viburni  has been found for the first time in almond crops in California. This insect is not just an obscure mealybug, it is THE obscure mealybug — that’s the official common name assigned to it by the Entomological Society of America. Previously known to be a pest of grapes in coastal […]

Can Pakistani Wasps Save the California Citrus Industry?

An invasive insect called the Asian citrus psyllid is wreaking havoc in Florida as it spreads Huanglongbing, otherwise known as citrus greening disease. Growers are so worried that they are trying to genetically modify orange trees so they are resistant to the threat. But in California, they’re trying a different approach — biological control. Mark […]