Latest Entomology News

Purdue: Spotted lanternfly has migrated to northern Indiana

Aug. 19, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An invasive insect that could affect Hoosier grape growers and honeybee producers has migrated to northern Indiana, one year after being first spotted in the state's southeastern corner. Purdue University said Thursday that the spotted lanternfly was...

Backyard mosquito spraying booms, but may be too deadly

Aug. 19, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It’s an increasingly familiar sight in U.S. cities and suburbs: A van pulls up to the curb. Workers wearing gloves, masks and other protective gear strap on backpack-type mechanisms with plastic hoses, similar to leaf blowers. Revving up the motors,...

Protection sought for rare butterflies at Nevada site

Aug. 16, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists who are already suing to block a geothermal power plant where an endangered toad lives in western Nevada are now seeking U.S. protection for a rare butterfly at another geothermal project the developer plans near the Oregon line. The Center for...

Scientists use tiny trackers, plane to follow moths on move

Aug. 11, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Trillions of insects migrate across the globe each year, yet little is known about their journeys. So to look for clues, scientists in Germany took to the skies, placing tiny trackers on the backs of giant moths and following them by plane. To the researchers’...

Do spiders sleep? Study suggests they may snooze like humans

Aug. 08, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep? Daniela Roessler and her colleagues trained cameras on baby jumping spiders at night to find out. The footage showed patterns that looked a lot like sleep cycles: The spiders' legs twitched...

Murder hornets given new common name by entomologists

Jul. 25, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The invasive hornet found in Washington state that has been referred to as the Asian giant hornet or murder hornet has a new name. Washington state Department of Agriculture officials said Monday that the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has adopted...

Beloved monarch butterflies now listed as endangered

Jul. 21, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers. “It’s just a devastating decline,” said Stuart Pimm, an ecologist at Duke...

Invasive beetle known to wipe out ash trees found in Oregon

Jul. 11, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Forestry officials in Oregon said Monday that an invasive beetle known for decimating ash trees throughout North America and Europe was recently discovered west of Portland. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the iridescent green emerald ash borer is...

Threatened wild bees get help from Washington researchers

Jul. 10, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

OKANOGAN-WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST, Wash. (AP) — Few creatures exist closer to the front lines of climate change than wild, native bees. And few are more important, or as irreplaceable. They’ve always been subjected to a long list of existential threats: habitat loss through...

Fireflies put on light show on North Carolina mountain

Jul. 09, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

It would be easy to call it magical, this river of pulsing yellow-white light that washes waist high across a woodland floor. It is tempting to say — as watchers sometimes will — that synchronous fireflies speak to us somehow. And we do heed their call, drawn by...