Researchers have split the medically important American dog tick into two species: the existing Dermacentor variabilis in eastern states and the newly described Dermacentor similis west of the Rocky Mountains.
Found nowhere else in the world, the soybean gall midge has arisen as a concerning pest of soybean in the north central United States. With much yet to learn about this new species, a new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management presents growers and IPM professionals with current knowledge on the emergent pest's biology and options for management.
A study of Loxosceles spiders in Iran, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan documents two new species, one of which the researchers have named for Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Meet Cryptocteniza kawtak, a newly described genus and species of trapdoor spider that likely dates to the Cretaceous. The researcher who found it first spotted it in 1997 but was finally able to enter it in the scientific record after finding another specimen two decades later.