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 […]