Texas Leafcutting Ant: A Southern Pest That Could Move North

texas leafcutting ant

By Josh Lancette While the term “leafcutting ants” might bring to mind colorful shots in nature documentaries of highways of ants carrying green leaves through tropical forests, the reality of these ants isn’t always so picturesque. For example, the Texas leafcutting ant (Atta texana), is a major pest of pine plantations in Texas and Louisiana […]

How Climate Change May Accelerate Corn Earworm’s Resistance to Bt Crops

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Add “crop pests developing resistance to control methods faster” to the list concerning potential effects of global warming. Entomologists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the University of Maryland have collaborated on an analysis of two decades’ worth of agricultural and pest management data from the state of Maryland to explore the interplay of […]

Characterizing the Link Between Climate and Thermal Limits in Beetles

Kimberly Sheldon

By Amanda Biederman Amid concerns over a rapidly changing climate, the abilities of different insects to survive at warmer temperatures has become a major question of interest. Kimberly Sheldon, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is employing a comprehensive approach to this problem. Sheldon is studying the effects of climate change on […]

Cereal Systems Conference to Coincide with ESA Annual Meeting

By Sanford Eigenbrode To help Pacific Northwest farmers understand and adapt to the projected impacts of climate change, nearly 200 scientists, students, and educators from the region’s three land-grant universities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are finishing up a five-year integrated project. Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) for […]

Museum Specimens Show How Scale Insects Will Respond To Climate Change

A few months ago, leaders of the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section of the Entomological Society of America issued a statement in support of museum collections that house whole biological specimens, as opposed to ones that only feature high-resolution photographs and audio recordings, as some had recommended. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have […]