Invasive Russian Wheat Aphid Can Hybridize Native Western Wheat Aphid

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By Ed Ricciuti As scientists fight to keep a step ahead of an invasive aphid that can genetically reinvent itself to penetrate the defenses of wheat varieties designed to resist it, they are following advice from the ancient Chinese military theorist Sun Tzu: Know your enemy. Since the 1980s, the Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) […]

Invasive Species: Entomology’s Role in a Multisector Mission

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The National Invasive Species Council’s Secretariat ended 2016 with a series of accomplishments that will place the federal government’s future work to address invasive species on solid footing. In nearly back-to-back-to-back events, the NISC Secretariat hosted its first annual Innovation Summit, convened the winter meeting of the non-federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), and supported […]

You’ve Got Ants: New 10-Minute Test Kit Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

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The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) is an invasive species from South America that is damaging to agriculture and wildlife and known for its painful, venomous sting. That venom, however, is now a promising tool for entomological researchers in fighting back against S. invicta and limiting its spread. Throughout the southeastern United States, shipments […]

A New Psyllid Pest on Ornamental Trees in California

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By Surendra K. Dara If California and Florida compete (or collaborate, to be politically correct) for anything of agricultural importance other than strawberries and oranges, it would be the influx of invasive pests. Being major ports of entries for international trade and travel on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and having ideal environmental conditions — […]

Researchers Raise Maggots on Chicken Blood to Save Darwin’s Finches

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By Meredith Swett Walker In 1676, the great scientist Isaac Newton (of gravity fame) wrote a letter to another scientific titan, Robert Hooke (who had coined the biological term “cell”), in which he humbly stated, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Even in using that line he was […]

Tree-killing Hemlock Woolly Adelgids Hitch Rides on Birds

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By Meredith Swett Walker At first glance, you might not think these little bits of fluff could pose much of a threat. But, like Star Trek’s troublesome tribbles, hemlock woolly adelgids (Adelges tsugae) can quickly multiply and wreak havoc. When these tiny sap-sucking insects were introduced to the forests of the Northeastern United States, they […]

Destructive Beet Flea Beetle Intercepted in Baltimore

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A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist confirmed Wednesday that agriculture specialists from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of Baltimore made a first-in-nation pest discovery when they intercepted a live insect known as Chaetocnema breviuscula (Chrysomelidae), a beet flea beetle, while inspecting ceramic tile from Italy. This jumping beetle chews […]

Destructive Termite Species Intercepted in Philadelphia

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Next week — March 15-21, 2015 — is National Termite Awareness Week, an annual observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to promote public vigilance against termites. And what better way is there to promote public vigilance than to capture a potentially destructive termite species stowed away in cargo? The U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Valentine’s Day Flowers Could Contain Invasive Insects

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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. […]

Video Shows U.S. Customs Agents Screening for Invasive Insect Pests

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An entomologist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently confirmed the discovery of a new pest that was found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents at Baltimore Washington International airport. The insect, Palmaspis sp. (Asterolecaniidae), was found as officers were inspecting a palm leaf hat from Jamaica worn by a traveler in […]