Finally! A Peek at Mysterious Bees in the Rain Forest Treetops

Megalopta nocturnal bee, Soberania N.P., Panama

By Leslie Mertz Adam Smith, Ph.D., has been studying a certain group of very unusual bees in Panama for 15 years, but he had never actually been able to witness a key part of their behavior: their foraging forays. That’s because the bees get their pollen and nectar from flowers that not only bloom at […]

Horn Fly Biocontrol: In Search of Faster Fungus

cattle with horn flies

By Ed Ricciuti Soon after silkworm eggs were smuggled out of China in the 12th Century, northern Italy and France emerged as centers of silk production, an industry almost brought to a standstill in the early 1800s by a mysterious disease that killed the caterpillars on which it depended. Bacteriologist Augustino Bassi determined the disease […]

Rearranging Nest Boxes Keeps More Blue Orchard Bees Around

blue orchard bee

Orchard growers looking for alternatives to honey bees for managed pollination services have new reason to be optimistic about the potential of one honey bee cousin, the blue orchard bee. A recent research experiment has shown blue orchard bees can be a sustainable option in tart cherry orchards, and a simple change to the distribution […]

Exit Strategy: How Pupating Red Mason Bees Deal With “Misorientation” Inside Their Nests

red mason bees

By Kelly McKinne Most people would believe that insects rarely plan how they are going to emerge from their cocoons. From a human perspective, it seems to pale in comparison to the challenges of adulthood for these individuals. That belief could not be further from the truth, as we learn from recent research that was […]

Mosquito Repellents: DEET and PMD Sprays Most Effective, While Wearable Devices Disappoint, Study Finds

Aedes aegypti mosquito

A search for “mosquito repellent” on Amazon.com delivers more than 28,000 product results. For a regular consumer, it can be difficult to find the ones that truly work among a sea of products that make bold claims. Researchers at the Molecular Vector Physiology Laboratory at New Mexico State University are working to make the search […]