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Great Smokies firefly light show to be presented virtually

May. 31, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — This is the time of the year the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be buzzing — and glowing — with the spectacular natural phenomenon of synchronous fireflies and the hordes of humans who come to see them. But along with so many other springtime events that draw...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday, May 29, 2020, they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool,File)

Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington

May. 29, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said it was the first confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet...

Study: Miller moth population has increased in Colorado

May. 21, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Experts have reported an abundant supply of miller moths in Colorado that could continue for the next few weeks, reversing a four-year trend of below-average population numbers. Colorado State University entomologists Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs released a study...

This undated photo provided by Timber Press shows monarch butterflies in the University of Delaware Botanical Garden in Newark, Del., and is featured in the Douglas Tallamy book

Author urges gardeners to form one big `national park’

May. 19, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, bees...

Rare metallic blue bee spotted in Florida

May. 18, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Researchers in Florida have rediscovered an “ultra-rare” metallic blue bee that hadn’t been spotted in years – so long that experts weren’t sure it still existed. The Naples Daily News reports Florida Museum of Natural History researcher Chase...

New Mexico hit with infestation of moths after hibernation

May. 14, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An infestation of moths has hit the state of New Mexico amid an ideal climate for the invading bugs. KRQE-TV reports thousands of moths have been seen in state parks, outside of homes, and along highways. Albuquerque BioPark Curator of Entomology Jason Schaller says the moths come...

New Mexico hit with infestation of moths after hibernation

May. 14, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An infestation of moths has hit the state of New Mexico amid an ideal climate for the invading bugs. KRQE-TV reports thousands of moths have been seen in state parks, outside of homes, and along highways. Albuquerque BioPark Curator of Entomology Jason Schaller says the moths come...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 1993, file photo, Attorney General-designate Zoe Baird meets with Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. This image has circulated widely on social media in early May 2020 with false claims that it shows Democratic presidential candidate Biden posing with Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who alleges he assaulted her 27 years earlier. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 8, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows Joe Biden posing with former Senate staffer Tara Reade, who...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a researcher holds a dead Asian giant hornet in Blaine, Wash. FILE - This Dec. 30, 2019 photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows a dead Asian giant hornet in a lab in Olympia, Wash. It is the world's largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer with an appetite for honey bees. Dubbed the

Bug experts dismiss worry about US 'murder hornets' as hype

May. 7, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

Insect experts say people should calm down about the big bug with the nickname “murder hornet” — unless you are a beekeeper or a honeybee. The Asian giant hornets found in Washington state that grabbed headlines this week aren’t big killers of humans, although it does happen on rare...

A dead Asian giant hornet sent from Japan is held on a pin by Sven Spichiger, an entomologist with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Monday, May 4, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. The insect, which has been found in Washington state, is the world's largest hornet, and has been dubbed the

University of Arkansas overwhelmed with calls about hornet

May. 6, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The agricultural division at University of Arkansas has been overwhelmed with phone calls about whether the world’s largest hornet has landed in the state, an expert said. Jon Zawislak, an apiary expert and entomologist at the University of Arkansas System Division of...