Et Tu, Fruite? Attracticidal Sphere Lures Fruit Flies to Their Demise

attractacidal sphere in raspberry plant

It looks like a fruit, but it’s definitely not as healthy. It’s the attracticidal sphere, and a new study shows it to be a promising tool for managing the invasive fruit fly Drosophila suzukii. Published today in the Journal of Economic Entomology, the research experiment found the attract-and-kill method, previously developed by the late Ron […]

Entomologists Use Dogs to Hunt Down Stink Bugs

Last year at Entomology 2013, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave a presentation called “Exploring Overwintering Ecology of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Using Detector Dogs.” Now they have published an article about this topic in the journal PLOS ONE. The brown marmorated stink […]

What You Really Need to Know about the 2013 Cicada Invasion

By Tracy Leskey Want to see people’s eyebrows raise? Tell them you are en entomologist, aka someone who studies bugs, in the summer of the “cicada invasion.” According to the Peterson’s A Field Guide to the Insects, “Entomologists fall into two categories: those who find insects endlessly fascinating and those who would get rid of […]