Well-known in Lepidoptera and Coleoptera, the distinct black-orange-black color pattern has never been fully documented in Hymenoptera—until now. A study of more than 1 million wasp, bee, and other hymenopteran specimens finds a wide range of variations of the pattern present in 23 families within the order Hymenoptera.
The fat lower legs that dangle below flying wasps in the family Gasteruptiidae turn out to be filled with insect fat body, and they may play key roles in flight dynamics, detecting vibrations from prey, and even detoxification.
When Michael Skvarla, Ph.D., joined Penn State University's entomology extension program in 2017, it wasn't long before he had a mystery on his hands: A wasp specimen from an infestation of a residence that appeared to be of a genus not previously known to invade homes in North America.
By Michael Boppré, Ph.D. A yellow-black insect at the coffee table—”Help, a wasp!” But, often, it is just an innocent hover fly, unable to sting. It is hard for us […]
By Tom McShane Summer is right round the corner. As the weather changes, so does the life cycle of a number of insects, especially wasps. It won’t be long before […]
Wasps in the genus Trichogramma are tiny beneficial wasps that feed on the eggs of several insect pests. To help rice farmers in the Greater Mekong Region, a project was […]
Have you seen strange lumpy growths on your plants? They might be galls caused by tiny wasps or flies.
Using specialized digital photography methods, USDA scientists are producing high-resolution images of members of the wasp superfamily Platygastroidea. According to Elijah Talamas, a postdoctoral scientist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research […]
Researchers have discovered several new species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa and have published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE. “We didn’t know these new species existed until […]
A new study published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology explores how wasps accept outsiders to their colonies and whether age makes a difference. The study, by University of […]
After studying specimens from the Nearctic deposited in the United States National Museum of Natural History and some specimens in the Canadian National Collection of Insects, researchers have found 16 […]
A new study provides seventeen records of the cuckoo wasp genus Cleptes from China, nine of which are beautifully-colored, new-to-science species. The study, published in the open-access journal ZooKeys, is […]
Back in 2006, Science Daily ran an article about two scientists who were using wasps to detect drugs, explosives, toxic chemicals, and other substances. Five years later in 2011, Dr. […]
Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellowjackets and paper wasps, a team of University of California, Davis […]
The emerald ash borer (EAB), a relatively new invasive insect pest, has killed tens of millions of ash trees throughout the eastern United States since it was first detected in […]