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Tag: Journal of Insect Science

Epicauta chinensis blister beetle

What Puts the Blister Into Blister Beetles?

By John P. Roche Blister beetles produce cantharidin, a 10-carbon isoprenoid molecule that is highly bitter and is toxic to most animals. Because cantharidin is so bitter, it discourages predators, […]

Beauveria bassiana effect on insects

Beauveria Endophytes Can Curb Grasshopper Pests

By Andrew Porterfield Grasshopper species, including Dichroplus maculipennis, are common insect pests. They have been known to cause widespread damage to crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat, by devouring […]

New Research Reveals How Flesh Flies Hear

By Ed Ricciuti Scientists have clocked many hours studying how females of various parasitoid flies home in on the calls of cicadas, grasshoppers, and other insects that are their hosts. […]

Two Artificial Sweeteners Kill Fruit Flies

Continuing their research into potential ingredients for human-safe pesticides, Drexel University researchers recently found an artificial sweetener that, while harmless for male fruit flies, proved particularly lethal for females. Their […]