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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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.
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.
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.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University researchers who designed specially sealed bags to keep insects from eating harvested grain are looking to go worldwide.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bug experts say Japanese beetles and pirate bugs are just too well adapted to Midwest winters to die off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.