Neighborhood Watch: How Asian Tiger Mosquito Habitat Varies From Block to Block in an Urban Setting

Aedes albopictus

By Meredith Swett Walker A neighborhood watch generally keeps an eye out for potential burglars and vandals, reporting them to local law enforcement when spotted. But if you want to improve safety and health in your neighborhood, it may be wise to keep an eye out for small pockets of water that collect in objects […]

Bursting With Babies: Bizarre Reproduction Contributes to Mite’s Rapid Population Growth

Luciaphorus perniciosus mite

By Meredith Swett Walker Parenthood can be rough for many species, but imagine if reproducing meant having your abdomen swell grotesquely to house dozens of offspring. While inside you, these squirmy offspring reach their full adult size and sexual maturity. In fact, they even mate—with each other—while in your bloated belly, then burst forth ready […]

Review Article Examines Causes of Spruce Budworm Population Fluctuations

The spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) is a destructive forest pest. The caterpillars of these moths in the family Tortricidae feed on balsam fir, white spruce, red spruce, and black spruce. During an outbreak in the mid-1970s, which lasted 15-20 years, they defoliated nearly 52 million hectares of boreal forest in eastern Canada, and a more […]