Insect Astronauts: Eclipse Watchers Learn About Entomology in Orbit

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By Tanya Josek On August 21 in Goreville, Illinois, hundreds of people from the Midwest gathered at the town’s village park to witness a breathtaking event—a total solar eclipse. While there were lawn chairs, cameras, and telescopes scattered throughout the park—as you’d expect—the gathering also featured a group of outreach tables for pre-eclipse activities hosted […]

Scientists Sequence the Genome of the Tobacco Hornworm

An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) — a caterpillar species used in many research laboratories for studies of insect biology. Professor Gary Blissard of the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, and Professor Michael Kanost of Kansas State University, initiated the study and are co-senior authors […]

How to Tell the Difference Between Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms

This video by North Carolina State University’s Small Fruit & Tobacco IPM Lab shows the similarities and differences between tomato and tobacco hornworm caterpillars and moths. Both species of hornworm caterpillars feed on tobacco and other plants, and the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) and the tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata) are easy to confuse because they […]