Mosquitoes More Likely to Lay Eggs in Water Sources Near Flowers

By Josh Lancette Certain mosquitoes are more likely to lay eggs in water sources near flowers than in water sources without flowers, according to an article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Researchers from the USDA and the University of Florida studied the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and its egg-laying preferences. This mosquito […]

Insects Were First Animals to Develop Wings More than 400 Million Years Ago

An international team of more than 100 researchers has published the first modern road map of insect evolution. Understanding how insects are related, which until now has remained largely unknown, uncovers their true ecological, economic, and medical importance. The results, appearing in a recent issue of Science, reconstruct the insect “tree of life” and answer […]

Valentine’s Day Flowers Could Contain Invasive Insects

A local TV station in Texas recently reported from a border inspection station in El Paso, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are inspecting imported flowers for invasive insects. “Like anything of agriculture, cut flowers carry diseases and insects,” said Katherine Vasquez, supervisor of agriculture inspections for Customs and Border Protection in El Paso. […]