Latest Entomology News

Asian insect known to kill native plants found in Indiana

Sep. 18, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Earlier this summer, a photograph of a spotted lanternfly taken in southern Indiana set off a huge effort to eradicate the insect that’s on the federally regulated invasive species list. The Vevay man’s picture was the first sighting of a...

Invasive insect spotted in 4-H entry at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 12, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

HUTCHINSTON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State Fair officials judging the 4-H entomology entries last week discovered an invasive insect that prompted quarantines elsewhere. Fair Board member Gregg Hadley the student who caught the bug didn't know it had prompted quarantines in...

Research on beards, wads of gum wins 2021 Ig Nobel prizes

Sep. 09, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

Beards aren't just cool and trendy — they might also be an evolutionary development to help protect a man's delicate facial bones from a punch to the face. That's the conclusion of a trio of scientists from the University of Utah who are among the winners of this year's...

Asian giant hornet nest destroyed in Washington state

Aug. 26, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state said Thursday they had destroyed the first Asian giant hornet nest of the season, which was located near the town of Blaine along the Canadian border. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said it eradicated...

Asian giant hornet nest found in Washington state

Aug. 20, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say they have found the first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 in a rural area in Washington state, about a quarter-mile from where a resident reported seeing one of the hornets earlier this month. The Washington State Department of...

Tagged with tracker, Asian giant hornet leads state to nest

Aug. 19, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington state agriculture workers have discovered their first Asian giant hornet nest. It was found Thursday morning north of Seattle near the Canadian border not far from where a resident saw a live Asian giant hornet on Aug. 11, The...

Murder hornet sighted in Washington state's Whatcom County

Aug. 12, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The second sighting of a so-called murder hornet this year was reported by a person in Whatcom County this week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture said Thursday. The Asian giant hornet was reported by a Whatcom County resident on...

Fireflies rare in southern Arizona but, yes, there are some

Jul. 31, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The first flashes appeared as the sky grew dark behind a thick stand of cottonwood trees at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. They started at ground level, in a marshy area where the tall grass had been flattened by a recent monsoon flood —...

Tick native to southeastern US found in suburban Chicago

Jul. 25, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

WAYNE, Ill. (AP) — A tick species native to the southeastern part of the United States has been found outside Chicago. Three Gulf Coast ticks were located earlier this month in the Dunham Forest Preserve in Wayne, according to The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald....

What pairs with beetle? Startups seek to make bugs tasty

Jul. 15, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Tiziana Di Costanzo makes pizza dough from scratch, mixing together flour, yeast, a pinch of salt, a dash of olive oil and something a bit more unusual — ground acheta domesticus, better known as cricket powder. Di Costanzo is an edible insect...