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How Can Data Help Us Stop Insect Extinction?

December 19, 2019

It’s hard to go through day-to-day life without hearing something about the loss of our world’s most magnificent…
Researchers identify successful biological control for destructive fruit fly

December 11, 2019

A parasitic wasp has shown tremendous potential attacking and controlling spotted wing drosophila – an invasive, destructive fruit…
In hunted rainforests, termites lose their dominance

December 4, 2019

A tiny termite might see an elephant’s foot as its biggest threat. But when elephants and other large…
Four ways to curb light pollution, save bugs

November 19, 2019

Artificial light at night negatively impacts thousands of species: beetles, moths, wasps and other insects that have evolved…
Study uses old friends to predict new enemies

November 15, 2019

About 450 nonnatives, plant-eating insect species live in North American forests. While most are harmless, a handful wreaks…
Secrets to climate change adaptation uncovered in the European corn borer moth

November 12, 2019

The ability to synchronize behavioral, morphological and other transitions with the seasons is integral to the life cycle…
Old friends and new enemies: How evolutionary history can predict insect invader impacts

October 21, 2019

About 450 nonnatives, plant-eating insect species live in North American forests. Most of these critters are harmless, but…
First Genome of Spotted Lanternfly Built from a Single Insect

October 18, 2019

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, in cooperation with Pacific Biosciences and Penn State University, have published the first genome of the…
Leaving more deadwood in forests enhances biodiversity: study

September 25, 2019

Increasing the amounts of deadwood in protected forests would help conserve biodiversity, according to a new University of…
Turning hype into real alternatives

September 25, 2019

“There’s no doubt that the idea of using insects as food in Europe has caused some hype. But…
5 minutes of laying down and screaming – you better avoid the tarantula hawk wasp

September 25, 2019

Like most people, you’ve probably experiences a bee sting or two. Bees, wasps and even bumblebees are always…
Study gives the green light to the fruit fly’s color preference

September 20, 2019

For more than a century, the humble and ubiquitous fruit fly has helped scientists shed light on human…
An adult worker honey bee collecting pollen. Illustration by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS
Microbes on the Menu for Bee Larvae

August 22, 2019

Bees only feast on nectar and pollen, right? Wrong. Turns out, Nature’s famously busy insect isn’t strictly vegan,…
Seismic lines helped butterflies survive Fort McMurray wildfire, study shows

August 20, 2019

Even as Alberta’s fierce wildfire raged in and around Fort McMurray in 2016, plants and butterflies were surviving…
Scientists aim to solve ‘male-killing’ evolutionary insect puzzle

August 19, 2019

Researchers at the University of Liverpool are leading a new international project to investigate the curious phenomenon of…
Sex lives of flies could be key to tackling food waste

August 14, 2019

This National Science Week, Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has revealed how a secret recipe to get Black…
Twig-mimicking caterpillars sense colour through their skin

August 12, 2019

It is difficult to distinguish caterpillars of the peppered moth from a twig. The caterpillars not only mimic…
In sexual conflict, ant queens prevail in evolutionary arms race

July 30, 2019

It’s hidden from sight, but there’s an epic battle of the sexes raging in the leafcutter ant species…
Pheromones Give Nematodes a Boost in Controlling Pests

July 26, 2019

Beneficial nematodes are used as biological control agents to fight a variety of insect pests that severely damage…
Plants defend against insects by inducing ‘leaky gut syndrome’

July 23, 2019

Plants may induce “leaky gut syndrome” — permeability of the gut lining — in insects as part of…
Fruit flies find their way by setting navigational goals

July 23, 2019

When a fruit fly decides it wants to walk in a particular direction, it sticks to its plan…
Japanese scientists embrace creepy-crawlies

July 18, 2019

Firms in Japan are changing people’s perceptions about common spiders, worms and insect larvae. These seemingly unwanted creatures…
Predilections of a destructive pest

May 29, 2019

By the chain link fence lining the southern border of The Woodlands Cemetery property, Benjamin Rohr attempts to avoid…
Examining buried secrets of endangered beetle

May 29, 2019

Through a partnership with the National Research Traineeship Program, Ludwig is studying the American burying beetle — a nocturnal…
Protecting rare species can benefit human life

May 20, 2019

Preserving rare species for the sake of global biodiversity has long been the primary focus for conservationists. To…
Parasites help beetle hosts function more effectively

May 6, 2019

A common woodland beetle that plays an important role in the decomposition of fallen trees may be getting a…
Milkweed Bug Genome Revealed

April 24, 2019

I’ll admit that I have long admired the beauty of the large milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus, without knowing anything…
These Beetles Have Successfully Freeloaded for 100 Million Years

April 18, 2019

Almost 100 million years ago, a tiny and misfortunate beetle died after wandering into a sticky glob of…
Mystery of submerged beetles’ breathing solved

April 15, 2019

The mystery of how aquatic beetles breathe in underground water has been solved by researchers from the University…
Daisy Chain: A Gene Drive System With Built-in Controls

April 8, 2019

Genetic engineering tools that spread genes within a target species have the potential to humanely control harmful pests…
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