Plant pandemic looms as pathogens move from wild plants to crops

EARTH.COM - Did you know that plants, just like humans, can fall ill, too? And much like our world, theirs is not immune to disease outbreaks and pandemics. As nature-lovers and responsible stewards of the earth, it’s vital we understand how we are unintentionally facilitating the spread of pathogens that cause “plant pandemics.” Two recent...
By Sanjana Gajbhiye | Earth.com |

How to Get Rid of Silverfish—and Prevent Future Infestation

REAL SIMPLE - Flipping on a light and finding an invasion of silverfish in your bathroom or kitchen can be startling. With their silvery-metallic scales and fishlike movements scurrying along the walls and floor, silverfish can be scary—even though they don't bite. The insects are nearly one-half inch long, nocturnal, wingless, and six-legged, with three...
By Mary Marlowe Leverette | Real Simple |

No, daddy-long-legs are not one of the most venomous spiders

KSDK ST. LOUIS - Daddy-long-legs, which look like spiders with thin legs much longer than their bodies, are generally seen as harmless. But according to many versions of a popular rumor, daddy-long-legs are actually among the most venomous of all spiders but their fangs are too small to bite humans. Questions about whether daddy-long-legs bite...
By Emery Winter | KSDK St. Louis, MO |

Can gene editing help tackle global issues?

WIRED - THE GLASSY-WINGED SHARPSHOOTER is a half-inch-long leafhopper that feeds by sticking its straw-like mouth into the watery tissue of plants. The insect is native to northeastern Mexico, but in the late 1980s, it made its way to Southern California. Since its arrival, it has wreaked havoc on the region’s vineyards. Most of the...
By WIRED |

Sterile Insect Technique Shows Promise Against Asian Citrus Psyllid

ENTOMOLOGY TODAY - The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) has been identified on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. It is known for spreading the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, which causes citrus greening disease (also known as Huanglongbing). Citrus greening is one of the most serious citrus diseases in the world. Infected trees produce immature...
By Andrew Porterfield | Entomology Today |

Invasive insect continues its spread across SoCal, killing more than 80,000 oak trees so far

ABC 7 - Who would think something so small could be so devastating? Nevertheless, entomologists continue to sound the alarm about the goldspotted oak borer, an invasive insect that some experts believe has killed more than 80,000 oak trees across Southern California. "It's just fascinating how this insect has been around for 50 million years...
By Rob McMillan | ABC 7 (KABC) |

Sweater-eating moths are an unbeatable enemy

THE ATLANTIC - Every year, beginning around the end of March, my household starts planning a massacre. Our targets are our home’s clothes moths: My spouse and I lay pheromone-laced traps in the closets, living room, and bedrooms; we—and our two cats—go on alert for any stray speckle of brown on a cream-colored wall. The...
By Katherine J. Wu | The Atlantic |

Tree-killing beetle is on a death march through Southern California's oaks. Can it be stopped?

LA TIMES - The goldspotted oak borer has spread across Southern California since its discovery in 2008 in San Diego County, where it has slaughtered more than 80,000 trees. Joelene Tamm, a graduate student with UC Riverside’s entomology department who studies the goldspotted oak borer, is concerned with slowing its march north into the Sierra...
By Lila Seidman | LA Times |

New to US: Hornets that butcher bees and sting people. Humans are fighting back.

USA TODAY - In August 2023, a beekeeper near the port of Savannah, Georgia, noticed that something odd was hunting his honeybees. Black with bright yellow legs, the flying insect would hover at the hive entrance, capture a flying honeybee and butcher it before darting off with the bee’s thorax, the meatiest bit. “He’d only...
By Hannah Hoag | Knowable Magazine |

Here’s a great new tool to help protect butterflies in your area

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE - A look at our local Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) species and share some tips on how to protect them. New conservation tool One of the ways you could help butterflies and moths in your local area is by creating a space with plants they are attracted to. Chris Cosma, a recent Ph.D...
By Kurt Snibbe | The Press-Enterprise |
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