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 […]