Slugs are a common headache for corn and soybean growers following the conservation agriculture practices of limited tillage and frequent cover cropping. A new study finds that, among slugs’ natural enemies, ground beetles provide the best control, and growers should consider practices that attract ground beetles to their fields.
Diverse genus of ground beetles inhabiting island volcanoes reaches 241 species with two discovered at National Ecological Observatory Network's Pu'u Maka'ala Natural Area Reserve.
Can machine learning be used for accurate species identification of beetles and other invertebrates? Researchers using carabid beetle data from the National Ecological Observatory Network created an algorithm that reached 85 percent accuracy on unidentified images. Eventually, they hope machine learning could one day be used to classify unidentified species in NEON bycatch and answer new questions about invertebrate diversity and abundance across North America.