A survey of mosquitoes in Pennsylvania discovered 12 mosquitoes parasitized by larval mites. Water mites can reduce the survival and reproductive success of mosquitoes, and entomologists are investigating such parasitism to evaluate its potential as a method for biological control efforts.
By Samuel Bolton, Ph.D. Picture a bubbling brook, gurgling over a hard bed of rocks and gravel. As a child, you were drawn to explore that strange and stony world, […]
By Samuel Bolton Eriophyoidea, the superfamily of arthropods commonly known as gall mites (though not all of them form galls) or four-legged mites (though not all mites with four legs […]
Imagine being full of babies-- and then they develop to adulthood and mate while still within your body.
By Josh Lancette The plight of honey bees is well documented, as is the cause of much of their grief: parasitic mites. Varroa destructor gets the largest amount of attention […]
Chigger mites in the genus Blankaartia are known to preferentially parasitize birds, but occasionally they can also be found on rodents, bats, and reptiles. Scientists in Brazil have reported the […]
By Meredith Swett Walker If you were to page through a field guide to birds searching for species that look as if they were dreamed up by Dr. Seuss, you’d […]
How can we keep cage-free chickens also parasite free?
By Meredith Swett Walker Today’s backyard chickens are not your grandmother’s birds — they sport jaunty sweaters, go for walks on leashes, and dine on treats like “chunky chicken caviar.” […]
Three new species of chigger mites have been discovered in Thailand, and are described in an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The new species were discovered as part […]
By Meredith Swett Walker In 1879, long before TV shows like CSI and Bones created a generation of armchair forensic entomologists, Jean Pierre Mégnin, one of the first scientists to […]
Three new species of trombiculid mites, also known as “chiggers,” have been discovered in Taiwan, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Furthermore, 23 other […]
By Samuel Bolton For any small arthropod, the topsoil and litter layers are a veritable jungle — a morass of predators, pathogens, and meals. There are two basic strategies for […]
By Samuel Bolton What does your esophagus have in common with a type of mite with an extremely elongated body? The answer is, both of them employ a peristaltic mode […]
By Richard Levine I recently visited the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Maryland to check out their Electron & Confocal Microscopy Unit, a state-of-the-art facility which allows researchers […]