Pennies for Parasitoids: Savings Add Up When Rearing Wasps on Alternate Hosts

Telenomus remus on Spodoptera frugiperda eggs

By Edward Ricciuti Getting more bang for the buck out of mass production is the Holy Grail for manufacturers, whether they are making automobiles, appliances, or natural enemies that can be used as biological control agents against pest insects.  Sometimes, as research in Brazil suggests, the most cost-effective method requires a little tweaking of what […]

Citizen Science Delivers “Unprecedented View” of Monarch Butterfly Parasitoids

monarch larva

Thanks to citizen volunteers, scientists now know more than ever about the flies that attack monarch butterfly caterpillars. Since 1999, volunteers participating in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project have collected and raised more than 20,000 monarch eggs and caterpillars, and they’ve recorded incidents of those specimens being parasitized by fly larvae. They have also collected […]

New Book on Everything You Need to Know About Good Bugs in Your Garden

A new book called Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficial Predatory Insects by Dr. Mary Gardiner, an entomologist at Ohio State University, offers gardeners an easy-to-follow reference on beneficial insects that provide pest control by eating the bad bugs in the garden. Wildlife in the garden — especially insects — can […]

Falling Temperatures Do Not Necessarily Mean Fewer Insects

By Richard Levine With record-breaking cold temperatures in much of the United States recently, newspaper headlines have suggested that the freezing weather this winter could mean fewer insects next spring. For example: – The New York Times: “Celebrating Deep Freeze, Insect Experts See a Chance to Kill Off Invasive Species” – National Public Radio: “The […]

Canadian Teen Publishes Research on Diamondback Moth Parasitoids

Adamo Young, a grade-12 student in Ottawa who loves science, recently published research on a wasp that is an efficient killer of an agricultural pest. His article, “War of the wasps: is Diadegma insulare or Microplitis plutellae a more effective parasitoid of the Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella?” was published in this week’s issue of the […]