Study Finds Lyme Disease in Ticks in Nine U.S. National Parks

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By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. According to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and […]

Could a Large-Scale Zika Outbreak Occur in the United States?

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By Josh Lancette While recent news cycles in the United States largely have been dominated by election coverage, the threat of Zika remains a concern both locally and globally, with a recent outbreak in Brownsville, Texas, a study finding more than half of Brazilian women are avoiding pregnancy because of Zika, and the CDC sending […]

Wild Plants Might Not Work as Refuges for Stem Borers in African Bt Crops

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By Josh Lancette When using Bt crops, a constant concern is preventing insect pests from becoming resistant. According to a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology that contains new analysis of previous studies, a common tactic to prevent resistance in Africa might not be working as hoped. Bt crops are plants that have […]

Teaching An Old Parasitoid Wasp New Tricks

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By Josh Lancette You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but it turns out you can teach an old parasitoid wasp new tricks—and only the old ones. A new study in the Journal of Insect Science reports that Trichogramma wasps are able to learn as adults the olfactory cues to […]

Judas Beetles: How Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles Are Betraying Each Other’s Secrets

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  By Josh Lancette It starts with the search for a mate. It ends with betrayal. And death. And a toppled crime empire. How? Someone is wearing a wire from the feds. Specifically, that someone is a coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros. Its empire? An army of its kind aiming to destroy palm trees in […]

New Sand Fly Species Continue To Be Discovered in Brazil

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By Josh Lancette A new species of sand fly, dubbed Psathyromyia elizabethdorvalae, has been discovered in Brazil and could be a potential vector of leishmaniasis, a disease spread by sand flies that can result in skin sores and damage to internal organs. The new sand fly is described in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The […]

Free Online Resource for Soybean Growers to Manage Kudzu Bugs

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By Josh Lancette There’s a relatively new pest of soybean in town. Its name? Megacopta cribraria, but most folks call it the kudzu bug. If left unchecked, the bug has been shown to cause up to 60% yield loss in soybean fields. In order to help manage this pest, researches at North Carolina State University […]

New Tiger Moth Genus and Species Discovered in Africa

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By Josh Lancette A new genus and species of tiger moth from Africa has been discovered by researchers from Poland and Germany. The new species, Tervurenia eloumdeni, was first found in a collection in the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium by Dr. Łukasz Przybyłowicz, who was preparing a catalogue of world Thyretina, […]

New Species of Black Fly Discovered in Thailand

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In April, we reported on a new species of black fly that was discovered in Borneo. Now the lead author, Hiroyuki Takaoka, is back at it again, discovering another new black fly species, but this time from Thailand. The new species, Simulium (Gomphostilbia) maleewongae, was discovered by Takaoka, from the University of Malaya in Malaysia; […]

Entomologists Urge Authors To Cite Original Sources Instead of Review Articles

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By Josh Lancette In a letter to the editor published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, entomologists Dr. Lee Cohnstaedt of the USDA-ARS and Dr. Jesse Poland of Kansas State University point out a disturbing habit of authors citing review articles rather than original research articles. They also urge reviewers and editors […]