Little Yellow Ant is Next Invasive to Arrive in Florida

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“It was just a matter of time before it showed up,” says Thomas Chouvenc, Ph.D. The little yellow ant (Plagiolepis alluaudi) is a tropical species, native to Madagascar, but it had made its way to the Caribbean sometime in the past decade. And now it’s been found in Florida. Chouvenc is an assistant professor of […]

Mowing Less Along Highways May Preserve Pollinator Abundance and Diversity

Mowing less frequently along Florida’s highways may boost pollinator biodiversity, according to new research in the journal Florida Entomologist. Pollinators visit flowers searching for food in the forms of nectar and pollen, and mowing less would increase the natural food supply for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, the study finds. Officials from the Florida Department […]

As Termite Range Expands, Half of Structures in South Florida May Be at Risk by 2040

Asian and Formosan subterranean termites cause about $40 billion a year in structural damage globally, and researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict these pests will dramatically increase their impact in the next two decades in South Florida. They estimate that subterranean termite activity will expand, meaning half the […]

Florida Scientists Discover Super Termites, and They’re Not Genetically Modified

By Richard Levine Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi) are the most damaging pest species in the world. Both are highly invasive and have spread throughout many areas of the world due to human activity, and their distributions overlap in some areas. Now scientists in Florida have observed Formosan males […]