PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Traffic was disrupted in a Washington state city when boxes holding thousands of bees fell off a truck.
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LSU worker named statewide entomologist for pest research
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State University agricultural extension service has named an assistant professor a statewide entomologist for research about insect pests of four crops — cotton, corn, soybeans and grain sorghum.
Fungal blight that infects boxwood shrubs found in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say nearly 25 Indiana stores have pulled their stocks of boxwood shrubs following the discovery of a fungal blight that can kill the plants.
The state Department of Natural Resources says an inspector found the boxwood blight fungus in early October on boxwoods at a store owned by a national home and garden chain.
Florence floods breed large, aggressive mosquitoes
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city dealing with fallout from Hurricane Florence has been swarmed by aggressive mosquitoes nearly three times larger than regular mosquitoes.
The very hungry caterpillar gobbling your yard’s greenery is a picky eater.
And because very hungry baby birds and a host of other creatures depend, in turn, on those caterpillars and other bugs for food, it makes sense to fill the landscape with the native plants that insects adore.
DANBURY — When she was growing up, Brittany Schappach got little encouragement about becoming a scientist. Even after she started work on a biology degree, people would ask her why she wanted to do something so hard.
But now, as a senior at Western Connecticut State University, she’s found support from her female advisers, and has just presented at a conference with a fellow senior, Sandra Zapata-Ramirez, on their work related to ticks.
Purdue researchers look to take grain storage bags worldwide
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University researchers who designed specially sealed bags to keep insects from eating harvested grain are looking to go worldwide.
Japanese beetles, pirate bugs immune to deep freeze
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bug experts say Japanese beetles and pirate bugs are just too well adapted to Midwest winters to die off.
Not even deep freeze can stop garden pests like Japanese beetle and pirate bug
Sorry gardeners, this brief arctic chill won’t halt the Japanese beetle invasion, entomologists say.
Nor will it sink the nasty pirate bug populations.
The little creeps that devastated roses, linden trees and grapes last summer — and spoiled outdoor gatherings — are just too well adapted to Midwest winters.
“Bottom line is zero, below zero, doesn’t make much difference to insect populations,” said Donald Lewis, professor of entomology at Iowa State University.
First-ever tally finds about 465 bee species in Michigan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is home to about 465 bee species, according to a first-ever census that scientists hope will provide information helpful for conserving the insects, which perform the vital chore of pollinating crops and wild plants.
Officials: New species of wasp discovered by college student
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a new species of wasp has been discovered.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says University of Maine student Hillary Morin Peterson discovered the species while conducting work for her thesis. The department announced the discovery on Thursday.
The Brunswick resident named the wasp Ormocerus dirigoius (or-MOSS-er-us dee-ruh-GO-ee-us), in tribute to Maine's motto, "Dirigo." It means "I lead" in Latin.
Researchers: Pythons changed mosquito’s diet in Everglades
MIAMI (AP) — University of Florida researchers have more data showing invasive Burmese pythons decimating populations of native mammals in the Everglades.
Entomology professor Nathan Burkett-Cadena led a team collecting Culex cedecei mosquitoes in Everglades National Park. They analyzed animal DNA in the mosquitoes' guts to determine what they had bitten.
The researchers compared their 2016 findings to a similar 1979 study.
UMaine professor searching for ways to slow irritating moth
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor is researching how the natural enemies of an invasive moth can be used to stop the pest's growth in Maine.
The browntail moth is loathed around Maine for its ability to infest trees and hurt people. The moth's caterpillars have toxic hairs that can cause respiratory diseases and rashes that resemble poison ivy.
Maryland beekeepers fight to keep honeybee colonies alive
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The honeybee population in the U.S. is stable, but a recent study conducted by the University of Maryland showed that beekeepers continue to lose a high percentage of bees each year.
"They're not in danger of extinction," said Nathalie Steinhauer, a doctoral candidate at the university — dispelling a common misconception that bees are at risk of disappearing.
Producing results: NU President Hank Bounds learns about cutworm research at extension center
The western bean cutworm has historically been a big problem for farmers in the region, but researchers in North Platte are working to combat the pest. It’s projects like this that make the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program vital, NU President Dr. Hank Bounds says.
The West Central Research and Extension Center was one of four stops Bounds is making across the state this week. University of Nebraska Regent Bob Phares joined him in North Platte on Wednesday.
Butterflies discussed at Dickson Mounds’ ‘Tot Time’
LEWISTOWN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Museum Dickson Mounds will feature a discussion of butterflies for its "Tot Time" program next month.
Children and accompanying adults may learn about native butterflies and moths while viewing different species.
The event will be at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3.
Lewistown resident Max Johnson will lead the discussion. He is a 4-H member with an interest in entomology.
On Friday evening, several 4-H participants competed in the Companion Animal Show. Most of them had cats or guinea pigs, but Rachel Abbott showed off something a little different.
“It’s an American Giant Millipede,” said Abbott, 15. They grow to be about four inches in length.
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The opportunity to make friends was mainly what drew Nathaneal Ball to 4-H, but it's been the opportunities to compete with others who share his interests that kept him a member for a full decade. Ball, who was home-schooled, is the son of Donald and Anita Ball, and is a member of the Homegrown 4-H Club. For each of his 10 years, he has participated in the aerospace project, which teaches the principles of flight, model rocket construction and model rocket safety. Launching the rockets, Ball...
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — One of Georgia's most unusual bugs is crawling again — the big grasshopper known as the lubber.
They can reach up to 3 inches in length, The Athens Banner-Herald reported. They move so slowly that they're quite easy to catch by hand.
Their distinctive red and black markings (sometimes also pink, purple and yellow) also make them hard to confuse with any other insect.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is teaming with the state Department of Natural Resources to spread the word about invasive insects that pose a threat to Indiana's forests.
Purdue entomology professor Cliff Sadof and DNR urban forester Carrie Tauscher will lead three workshops next month in southern Indiana on invasive, three-killing insects.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida researchers say they've found more beetles that can carry a disease threatening avocado trees.
The redbay ambrosia beetle considered the main carrier of laurel wilt is rare in avocado groves. But in a new study in the Journal of Economic Entomology, plant pathology professor Randy Ploetz said scientists found three more beetles that can carry the tree-killing disease.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two southern Arizona entomologists have gifted Arizona State University with some bugs instead of bucks.
The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/2onLOWj ) Green Valley husband-wife entomology team of Lois and Charlie O'Brien has donated their collection of 1.25 million insects to the state university. The collection is valued at $12 million.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University entomology professor says if Indiana's mild weather continues the state could see more mosquitoes and ticks this year.
Purdue's Catherine Hill tells The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/2mprLGp ) that mild winter temperatures combined with a warm and wet early spring could mean early and prolific mosquitoes and ticks. She says that's barring any dramatic change in the upcoming weather forecast.
BOZEMAN — The first time a bumble bee was recorded in Montana was in the journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805. More than 200 years later, Montana State University faculty and a former graduate student say they now have compiled the state’s first inventory of bumble bees known to live in Montana, and their research reveals the largest number of bumble bee species known from any state in the nation.
Florida researchers find 2 new invasive mosquitoes in state
MIAMI (AP) — Two more tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes have been found on the U.S. mainland for the first time, caught in traps near Florida's Everglades.
The scientists involved say this could raise the risk of mosquito-borne viruses reaching people and birds, but health officials say it's too early to sound an alarm.
Surveillance finds no Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Iowa
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University insect experts say an extensive surveillance project last year found that the two mosquito species most associated with Zika virus are not established in the state.
The ISU Medical Entomology Laboratory oversaw mosquito trapping in 15 Iowa counties. The traps collected nearly 176,000 mosquitoes between May 3 and Oct. 4. Not a single specimen of the two species known to transmit Zika was found.
Florida researchers will lead new Zika research program
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida will lead a new research program focused on stopping diseases such as Zika from becoming widespread in the U.S.
University officials announced Thursday that the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease's Gateway Program was funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Stamford ‘convention’ showcases first-graders’ work
STAMFORD — The first-grade class at the city’s newest magnet school showcased their entomology skills this week during their “Creepy Crawly Convention.”
The young students presented their research on beetles, cicadas, praying mantises, walking sticks, fireflies, dragonflies, and other insects.
Doug Clark: Impressive butterfly collection wings its way home to WSU
PULLMAN – Before getting around to the butterflies, a few words about the Food Science and Human Nutrition building on the Washington State University campus.
It’s home to 3.5 million bugs.
Really. Before anyone calls for the Orkin Man, however, please note the aforementioned insects are all deceased like Elvis and mounted neatly on trays that make up what entomology professor Dr. Richard Zack calls “The Collection.”*
At this time of year, it is a common practice to scout fields for soybean aphids. This scouting work should continue for the next three to four weeks.
There is uncertainty in the industry about the threshold levels where treatment is warranted, so with this column we want to clear that up. The source of information is Dr. Christina DiFonzo, Michigan State University Department of Entomology. She has researched soybean aphids since 2000.