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Tag: entomology

A sandy field of soybeans

Jun 30, 2020

Using Leaf Fungi to Improve Crop Resilience

An NC State team led by Christine Hawkes is identifying beneficial fungi found in five crops to improve disease and drought resistance. 

Jun 5, 2020

Volcanic Glass Spray Shows Promise in Controlling Mosquitoes

An industrial mineral called perlite could help reduce mosquito populations and, in turn, malaria transmission. 

Mar 31, 2020

10,000 Photos of the Wild Life in Homes (and Counting)

There is some fascinating stuff living in your house. We want to see it. 

Hannah Levenson, a graduate student, in a field of sunflowers, while conducting a survey of native bees throughout North Carolina.

Feb 26, 2020

The Buzz About Native Bees

Hannah Levenson, a graduate student in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, is using North Carolina’s research stations to survey native bees and study how wildflowers support native bee populations. 

bee rests on a flower

Jan 29, 2020

Prescribed Burns Benefit Bees

Prescribed burns are good news for bee diversity and abundance. 

ant

Dec 6, 2019

Citizen Scientists Help Solve Ant Enigma

Where did these ants come from, anyway? 

Oct 2, 2019

Podcast: Spiders

Entomologist Matt Bertone joins Audio Abstract to debunk some arachnid myths and share the spidery love. 

image of the belltower lit red

Oct 1, 2019

NC State Postdoc Receives Prestigious NIH Award

Postdoctoral researcher Zach DeVries garners NIH Director's Early Independence Award. 

Azteca ants entering a hole in a plant surface

Aug 20, 2019

For at Least One Species, Ant Nurseries Are Cleaner Than Human Ones

When it comes to keeping a clean home, humans could learn something from ants. 

Insects on a tobacco leaf.

Aug 8, 2019

Tobacco Plant ‘Stickiness’ Aids Helpful Insects, Plant Health

Sticky plants can have mutually beneficial relationships with opportunistic insects, like the one between tobacco and the spined stilt bug. 

Glowing firefly on a leaf

Jul 23, 2019

How Fireflies Glow – and What Signals They’re Sending

NC State's Clyde Sorenson shines a light on bioluminescent beetles. 

spotted lanternfly adult with town in background

Jul 15, 2019

A New Way to Help Stop Insect Pests in Their Tracks

The spotted lanternfly is one of many invasive insect pests causing economic and ecological damage in the US. A new geospatial decision-support tool developed at NC State is helping managers to curb their spread. 

Ant on a tree limb

Jul 9, 2019

Destination: Madagascar, the Living Laboratory

Through the Ants and Canopy Bootcamp, a group of students from the U.S. and Madagascar will explore biological diversity with NC State's Bonnie Blaimer and the California Academy of Sciences' Brian Fisher. 

beetle larva

Mar 6, 2019

Take Pictures of Your (Six-Legged) Roommates, for Science

A new citizen science project aims to help us discover what animals share our living spaces -- and they need your help. 

Photo of scale insects on a maple tree in Raleigh, N.C.

Mar 4, 2019

Dying Trees in Cities? Blame It on the Concrete

A study of the effects of urbanization, scale-insect abundance and latitudinal warming on trees shows a surprising result.