College Textbooks Largely Overlook the Most Common Animals
Biology textbooks devote less than 1 percent of their text to discussing insects, which make up more than 60 percent of animal species.
Do Insects Fart? (They Sure Do!)
Do bugs fart? You bet. In fact, some of them pass an enormous amount of gas.
In the Wild and the Lab, Female Mosquitoes Get Choosy Quickly to Offset Invasions
Female mosquitoes show rapid genetic changes when threatened by invading cousin mosquitoes.
Cities as Study Proxies for Climate Change
Cities can be useful surrogates for studying climate change, according to NC State research.
10 of the Most Diabolical Crop Pests in North Carolina
Ten of the most vexing pests that prey on agriculture in North Carolina.
7 Fascinating NC Arthropods (That You’ve Never Heard Of)
Meet seven little critters that live around North Carolina -- and that you've probably never noticed.
4 of North Carolina’s Oddest Pollinators (They Aren’t Bees)
An NC State entomologist lists four of North Carolina's oddest pollinators.
Researchers Gain Insight Into Chromosome Evolution in Flies
NC State researchers have shed new light on the evolution of fly chromosomes by identifying a gene indispensable for male survival in a devastating livestock pest species. What they found could have important implications for genetic pest control.
Could Insects Help Us Find New Yeasts for Big Business?
Yeasts are tiny fungi – but they play key roles in producing everything from beer and cheese to industrial chemicals and biofuels.
Termite Queen, King Recognition Pheromone Identified
Forget the bows and curtsies. Worker termites shake in the presence of their queens and kings. New research explains how these workers smell a royal presence.
Lack of Water is Key Stressor for Urban Trees
A recent study finds that urban trees can survive increased heat and insect pests fairly well – unless they are thirsty.
Flowers Aren’t Enough: How Urban Heat Affects Bee Populations
In cities, even gardens rich with flowers do not have the same bee abundance or diversity as natural areas. Why not?
Bed Bug Histamines Are Substantial, Persistent in Infested Homes
Bed bugs may soon be considered more than a nuisance pest. New research shows that bed bugs produce a lot of histamines that trigger allergic reactions in humans, and that these histamines don't go away for long periods of time - even if the bed bugs are eliminated.
Will a Cold Winter Kill Off Ticks?
Cold weather won’t kill off ticks. But a brutal winter could still have an effect on tick populations. Maybe.
Study Sheds New Light On Antibiotics Produced by Ants
A new study finds some ant species make use of powerful antimicrobial agents – while other ant species produce none at all.