Latest Insects 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...

Climate change, logging collide -- and a forest shrinks

Sep. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

CUSTER CITY, S.D. (AP) — Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change -- pine beetles and wildfires. ...

Invasive Japanese beetles threaten Yakima Valley growers

Sep. 14, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

GRANDVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of invasive Japanese beetles have been caught in the Lower Yakima Valley this summer and pose a threat to the agricultural industry. Last year, traps across the state caught three beetles. This year, more than 23,500 have been captured...

Asian giant hornet nest destroyed in northwest Washington

Sep. 12, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Officials say they've destroyed a second nest of Asian giant hornets found in northwestern Washington state this year and are preparing to take down a third. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a Facebook post that a team...

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...

Another murder hornet nest found in northwest Washington

Sep. 10, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — A second nest of murder hornets has been located this year in northwestern Washington state, state officials said. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Friday in a Facebook post that their team on the ground had found the second nest...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 06, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. Sept. 3, 2021. Editorial: Troubling implications of egregious abortion law There are so many egregious layers to Texas’ ban on abortions, it is hard to know where to begin. There is the blatant...

Songbird deaths in Indiana, other states remain a mystery

Sep. 06, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators still don’t know what’s killing songbirds around Indiana and other states — and, experts say, they may never find out. Researchers started receiving reports of sick songbirds in June. While at first the birds were just found in a...

Emerald ash borer emergency declared in new area in Maine

Sep. 05, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine is continuing to try to slow the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer with new restrictions. The Maine Forest Service has issued an emergency order preventing the movement of ash trees and products from areas including Norway, Oxford and...