Parasitoid Flies Are Attracted to the Sounds of Their Cicada Hosts

By Ed Ricciuti Scientists have pondered why males of certain parasitoid fly species have ears that apparently function well enough but, as the Bible says, seemingly “do not hear,” while females with exactly the same auditory apparatus sonically locate cicadas, grasshoppers, crickets, and other hosts for their larvae. However, according to research published in the […]

USDA to Release Russian Wasps Against the Emerald Ash Borer

With the emerald ash borer beetle devastating ash tree populations throughout the United States, solutions to help fight the insect are critical. Thanks in part to research from the University of Delaware and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, a host-specific parasitoid wasp from Russia — Spathius galinae — has been approved for release to help […]

Biological Control in Brazil is Used on an Area that is Larger than Belgium

By Alexandre Diniz, José Roberto Postali Parra, and Aloisio Coelho Jr. Some biological control programs involve large-scale rearing of millions insect predators that are released near agricultural crops. In Brazil, researchers have implemented of a number of successful biological control programs. Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sugarcane, which has one of the oldest […]

A New Wasp Parasitoid of the Fall Webworm

Researchers in China have discovered a new wasp species that may possibly be used to control fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea), an invasive pest that causes severe damage to forest and ornamental trees in Europe, Asia, and North America. The wasp is described in an article in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Trichospilus […]

New Parasitoid Wasp Species Named after Lowell “Skip” Nault

Scientists from Mexico and California have discovered a new parasitoid wasp species in Jalisco, Mexico. The new species is an egg parasitoid of the fivespotted gamagrass leafhopper (Dalbulus quinquenotatus), an important insect, economically speaking, that transmits plant diseases such as corn stunt spiroplasma, maize bushy stunt phytoplasma, maize rayado fino vrus, and maize bushy stunt […]