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Loggerhead sea turtle, Cumberland Island, Georgia

Ants in the Nest: A Possible Emerging Pressure on Sea Turtles

Red imported fire ants and native ants may depress the emergence of sea turtle hatchlings, especially in nests near dune vegetation. A new study examines the interactions of ants with sea turtle nests and offers recommendations for reducing ant-related risks in sea turtle conservation.

Polybia paulista wasp nest

Can Cuticle Compounds Be Extracted From Insects Preserved in Ethanol?

Researchers studying hydrocarbons in insect cuticles typically avoid specimens preserved in ethanol, for fear the solvent may interfere with chemical analysis. A new study, however, finds ethanol has little effect—at least in the case of one wasp species tested—and opens the possibility that ethanol-preserved insects can indeed be used for the analysis of cuticular chemical compounds.

brown marmorated stink bug

Gut Check: How Stink Bugs’ Insides Illuminate Their Eating Habits

Brown marmorated stink bugs are generalist eaters, and finding them on one plant doesn't mean they haven't also been feeding on another. New research explores the potential of DNA analysis of stink bugs' gut contents to identify the plants they've eaten in the preceding two weeks.

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