Latest Entomology News

Study: Warmer summers worsen tick infestations for US moose

Nov. 22, 2021 07:33 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It’s a ghastly sight: ticks by tens of thousands burrowed into a moose’s broad body, sucking its lifeblood as the agonized host rubs against trees so vigorously that much of its fur wears away. Winter tick infestation is common with moose...

Public asked to report monarch butterfly sightings in South

Nov. 20, 2021 10:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Researchers are calling on the public to report monarch butterfly sightings in eight southern and Gulf states to try to better understand the insect's migration and wintering behavior. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced the effort on...

Bees, sheep, crops: Solar developers tout multiple benefits

Nov. 04, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Minnesota (AP) — Silflower was among native plants that blanketed the vast North American prairie until settlers developed farms and cities. Nowadays confined largely to roadsides and ditches, the long-stemmed cousin of the sunflower may be poised for a comeback, thanks to solar...

Asian spider takes hold in Georgia, sends humans scurrying

Oct. 29, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A large spider native to East Asia has spun its thick, golden web on power lines, porches and vegetable patches all over north Georgia this year — a proliferation that has driven some unnerved homeowners indoors and prompted a flood of anxious social media posts. ...

Professor: Dragonflies thrive at mine drainage cleanup sites

Oct. 23, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

LILLY, Pa. (AP) — With a swoosh of a net, a flick of the wrist and a little bit of luck, St. Francis University biology professor Lane Loya snagged another dragonfly from a reed during a recent trip into the field for his research. For the past decade, he’s been...

Climate change affecting Colorado tarantula population

Sep. 25, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — About this time every year, southeastern Colorado towns like La Junta see more visitors looking to glimpse saucer-sized Texas brown tarantulas as they scurry out of their burrows and across fields and roads in search of a mate. The eight-legged spectacle...

4th murder hornet nest destroyed in northwestern Washington

Sep. 23, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Another nest built by Asian giant hornets north of Seattle close to the Canada border has been destroyed, according to state officials. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Thursday on social media that the latest nest eradication of...

Asian insect known to kill native plants found in Indiana

Sep. 18, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Earlier this summer, a photograph of a spotted lanternfly taken in southern Indiana set off a huge effort to eradicate the insect that’s on the federally regulated invasive species list. The Vevay man’s picture was the first sighting of a...

Invasive insect spotted in 4-H entry at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 12, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

HUTCHINSTON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State Fair officials judging the 4-H entomology entries last week discovered an invasive insect that prompted quarantines elsewhere. Fair Board member Gregg Hadley the student who caught the bug didn't know it had prompted quarantines in...

Research on beards, wads of gum wins 2021 Ig Nobel prizes

Sep. 09, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

Beards aren't just cool and trendy — they might also be an evolutionary development to help protect a man's delicate facial bones from a punch to the face. That's the conclusion of a trio of scientists from the University of Utah who are among the winners of this year's...