Latest Entomology News

Florida's iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

Aug. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast to a...

Library of spider silk could hold secrets for new materials

Aug. 14, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spiders use to make their webs. Some looked...

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as US protections shrink

Aug. 14, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims,...

Swarms of mayflies, frogs emerge along Missouri River

Aug. 3, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Swarms of mayflies have emerged from under water along the Missouri River and are caking windshields on stretches of road between Omaha and Kansas City, forcing drivers to pull over and clean up the mess. Mayflies spend 99% of their lives in water, but they rise when they become winged...

Endangered list sought for firefly with double-green flash

Aug. 2, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — Peering through the darkness under the faint light of a peach-colored moon, wildlife biologist Jason Davis spots a telltale green flash in the bushes. Quick as a flash himself, Davis arcs a long-handled mesh net through the humid coastal air, ensnaring his tiny target. Ignoring...

Tiny beetles munch through endangered songbird habitat

Jul. 26, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

CLARKDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Johnson treks along an Arizona riverbank and picks out a patch of yellow-tinged tamarisks. He sweeps a cloth net across the trees, hoping to scoop up beetles that munch on their evergreen-like leaves. He counts spiders, ants and leafhoppers among the catch and few beetles or...

Grasshoppers on the go make migratory stop in Las Vegas area

Jul. 26, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A migration of mild-mannered grasshoppers sweeping through the Las Vegas area is being attributed to wet weather several months ago. Nevada state entomologist Jeff Knight told reporters on Thursday the number of adult pallid-winged grasshoppers traveling north to central Nevada is unusual...