Latest Insects News

Kemp says we can't fight virus from home as cases tick up

May. 27, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he wants to lift more restrictions on businesses as long as people continue to heed coronavirus guidance from officials and public health experts. The Republican governor’s comments came as state data shows the number of new daily infections...

Smokies nonprofit to hold virtual firefly event on YouTube

May. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The annual lottery to see the synchronous fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park may be canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but a Smokies-based nonprofit will be offering a virtual firefly event. Discover Life in America is collaborating with firefly...

Maine asks residents to keep eye out for forest pest

May. 24, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With more residents spending time outside, Maine forestry officials are asking people to keep an eye out for an invasive forest pest. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry wants residents to look at ash trees for evidence of the emerald ash borer. The borer...

‘Crazy bee lady’ gets a buzz from educating public

May. 23, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Amber Lewis refers to herself as “a crazy bee lady,” but fellow beekeepers in the region praise her for her public education efforts, unquenched curiosity and community service. “She’s a top-notch beekeeper,” said Bernie Svidergol of Ebensburg, who...

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...

Maine disease researchers getting more tick submissions

May. 19, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Researchers who track the prevalence of ticks and tick-borne diseases in Maine are getting more submissions of the pests this year. The University of Maine Tick Lab has received 780 submissions of ticks so far in 2020, the Bangor Daily News reports. It took until June 10 to reach...

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...

A currency trader talks near screens at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 15, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Friday as markets meandered on news about economies reopening, mixed with worries about the prolonged health risks from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed as stocks meander on pandemic worries

May. 14, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday as markets meandered on news about economies reopening, mixed with worries about the prolonged health risks from the new coronavirus. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged down nearly 0.2% to 19,881.46 in morning trading. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.3% to 1,919.51....

Maine CDC: Be wary of ticks while spending more time outside

May. 14, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — People are spending more time outdoors, and that means they should be more mindful of disease-carrying ticks, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. Ticks are active in the state, where incidence of Lyme disease has steadily climbed over the last 15 years. Health...

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...