Latest Insects News

Insect-eating plant found in Maryland for first time

Jun. 20, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) — An insect-eating plant has been found in Maryland for the first time. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources tells news outlets that botanists recently confirmed the discovery of dwarf sundew, the smallest native species of sundew in the United States. It was found in open areas...

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet

Jun. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed. The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss. The...

The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans

Jun. 19, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks. They're aquatic midges, often called "blind mosquitoes." They don't bite and they're good for the environment, but they sure...

Conservationists say endangered beetle species found in Ohio

Jun. 15, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When she saw the plump orange-and-black insect crawling on the rotting rat corpse, Andrea Malek didn't know whether to cry, laugh or scream in celebration. After a double take, she did all three. It was a discovery 45 years in the making. Sitting at the bottom of her trap fashioned...

Gypsy moth attacks on Michigan trees expected this summer

Jun. 12, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some of Michigan's trees are likely to suffer attacks from leaf-munching gypsy moths in the coming weeks. The Department of Natural Resources says the invasive pest caused widespread defoliation in the state from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. The moth feasts on foliage during its...

Forest Service rescinds chain saw use in Colorado wilderness

Jun. 12, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has canceled a decision to use chain saws to clear trees killed by bark beetles in two wilderness areas in southwestern Colorado. The Durango Herald reports Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Brian Ferebee announced the decision in a letter to forest supervisors...

Semitrailer carrying bees overturns on Montana road

Jun. 11, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A semitrailer hauling beehives overturned on a Montana road, spilling diesel fuel and honey on the roadway. The Hyalite Fire Department says the truck took a tight turn and tipped over in a ditch west of Bozeman on Monday afternoon. Officials say the driver and passenger were not...

State to begin treatments to disrupt gypsy moth mating

Jun. 10, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — State officials plan to begin aerial treatments aimed at disrupting gypsy moth mating on more than 61,000 acres (95 square miles) in 12 Ohio counties across the state. The gypsy moth is a non-native, invasive species that feeds on the leaves of more than 300 different trees and...

Crickets crucial species in Mammoth Cave

Jun. 9, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) — Kurt Helf crawled through Mammoth Cave National Park, holding a humidity-measuring device in one hand and a camera in the other. He leaned in awkward positions parallel to limestone curvatures, joking that "yoga is coming in handy" as he laid on his back to photograph long-legged,...

At Cincinnati zoo, animal playtime is serious business

Jun. 9, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — They are playful, but this is no game. Shakira twirls plastic bottles on a rod. Walter noses through boxes to find hidden treasure. Mani cuddles his orange hippo plushie. A meerkat, a warthog and a tamandua (a mini-anteater of sorts) look like they're having a ball with the objects that...