Latest Insects News

Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

Nov. 28, 2021 16:38 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year. Experts say it is too early to calculate the...

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...

After record low, monarch butterflies return to California

Nov. 17, 2021 19:05 PM EST

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies. The number wintering along California's central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health,...

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...

Mississippi elementary school principal directs horror film

Oct. 30, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Shot entirely on the Mississippi coast, school principal Sean Riley’s second film, “Royal Jelly,” used local talent to create a horror film about bees. Now available on major streaming platforms, including Amazon, iTunes and YouTube, the...

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. ...

Maine warns of ticks amid record year for babesiosis

Oct. 24, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Health authorities in Maine are warning residents of a second peak in tick activity in the state this fall. Many people associate deer ticks with summer, but they peak again from late September to November, the Maine Center for Disease Control and...

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...

Volunteers collect milkweed seeds to help butterflies

Oct. 17, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says keep collecting those milkweed pods — the plants help Monarch butterflies. The agency asked the public last month to collect milkweed pods so the seeds could be harvested and sown along with other...