press release Center for Biological Diversity Bee-killing Pesticides Banned in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington Wildlife Refuges by Fish and Wildlife Service PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will phase out use of toxic bee-killing pesticides in national wildlife refuges in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington by January 2016. The agency’s decision this month to ban […]
The green-spotted triangle butterfly is one species documented in the Atlas of Living Australia. (Credit: CSIRO) by Natalie Muller DON HOBERN REMEMBERS spending much of his childhood looking at beetles and moths without knowing how to identify what he was looking at. What he needed was a good book – one with pictures, descriptions and […]
The New York Times reports on how insect migrations are being tracked with radar, what is being learning about different species and the ecological impacts of these migration. Swarms of insects move across continents each year. Scientists used radar to track one species and discovered a vast ecological force. Read story at These Animal Migrations […]
The Guardian reports that fumigation for mosquitoes may have caused the mysterious “Havana syndrome” that had purportedly made U.S. diplomats sick. The Trump administration had charged that “cognitive ailments of Canadian and US diplomats were caused by use of a secret weapon.” Fumigation against mosquitoes and not “sonic attacks” may have caused the mysterious illness […]
The ladybird beetle or ladybug, is a member of a cosmopolitan beetle family with over 4,000 species, including 350 species in the United States. Ladybird beetles are mostly under 1/4 in. (6 mm) long and are nearly hemispherical in shape, with very short legs. They are usually red or yellow with black spots, or black […]
A Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly sits on a blade of grass near Lake Van.
NPR reports Mosquitoes searching for a meal of blood use a variety of clues to track down humans, including our body heat and the carbon dioxide in our breath. Now, research shows that a certain olfactory receptor in their antennae also serves as a detector of humans, responding to smelly chemicals in our sweat. Read full […]