Bear Wasps of the Middle Kingdom: A Decade of Discovering China’s Bumble Bees


By Paul H. Williams, Jiaxing Huang, and Jiandong An Bumble bees are well known for being among the most important pollinators in the world’s north-temperate regions. Perhaps more surprisingly, half of the world’s bumble bee species are concentrated in just one country, China. With an area only slightly smaller than the U.S., China has almost […]

A New Key for Chinese Seed Beetles


An international team of scientists has looked into the diminutive world of seed beetles in Xinjiang, China to reveal a diversity of 19 species for the region, four of which are new records for the area. The study — which includes an annotated checklist, illustrations, and a key to the 19 species — was published […]

New Parasitoid Wasp Species Found in China


For the first time, wasps in the genus Spasskia (family: Braconidae) have been found in China, according to an article in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. In addition, a species in that genus which is totally new to science was also discovered. The new species, Spasskia brevicarinata, is very small — male and female […]

Baltimore CBP Agents Stop Invasive Chinese Moth at Seaport


In December, 2013 we reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted an ant from Italy while inspecting a shipment of ceramic tiles in Baltimore. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the same CBP office recently made a first-in-the-nation pest discovery when they intercepted a moth, Nemapogon gersimovi, while inspecting […]

Five News Species of Armored Spiders Discovered in Chinese Caves


Armored spiders are medium to small species that derive their name from the complex pattern of the plates covering their abdomens, which strongly resembles body armor. Recently scientists have discovered and describe five new species of these spiders lurking in the darkness of caves in Southeast China. The study was published in the open access […]

New Parasitoid Wasp Species Found in China May Help Save Pine Trees


A new wasp species discovered in China may be used in the future to help control a beetle that is damaging pine trees. The new wasp, Callimomoides monochaphagae Yang, is described in an article in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. C. monochaphagae is a solitary wasp that parasitizes eggs of the pine sawyer […]

Cockroach Farms Catching on in China


In August, we read media reports about a million cockroaches escaping from a Chinese farm. Now an article in the Los Angeles Times reports that cockroach farming may be more widespread than previously thought. According to the article, there are more than 100 cockroach farms in China. The species of choice is the American cockroach, […]

It’s Time for Cricket Fighting in China


According to several news reports, it’s not only people who practice martial arts in China. Apparently, the crickets do as well. The history supposedly goes back to more than 1,000 years, and this year more than 20 teams from across the country competed in the two-day National Cricket Fighting Championships. Two crickets are put into […]

An Update on Honeygate


Earlier this year, five people and two honey-processing companies were charged for what is now known as HoneyGate. In order to avoid paying tariffs that the U.S. government had imposed on Chinese honey, the defendants transited honey from China through other countries and mislabeled it to make it appear as if it came from Indonesia, […]