entomology

Feb 12, 2018  |  Research and Innovation

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.

Feb 8, 2018  |  The Abstract

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.

Feb 6, 2018  |  Research and Innovation

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.

Feb 6, 2018  |  Research and Innovation

Venus Flytraps Don’t Eat The Insects That Pollinate Them

Researchers discover which insects pollinate Venus flytraps – and learn that flytraps don’t dine on them.

Feb 5, 2018  |  The Abstract

How Solitary Cockroaches Gave Rise to Social Termites: Tales from Two Genomes

Termites are "social cockroaches." NC State researchers examine the genomes of both termites and cockroaches to find clues about how this evolution occurred.

Dec 22, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Get a Little Closer: Moth Females Use Scent Proximity to Attract Mates

Female moths with an ineffective pheromone blend can use proximity to better-smelling females to attract mates.

Oct 2, 2017  |  The Abstract

Recluse or Not? Scientists Use Twitter to Tackle Spider Questions

Don't panic! Scientists want to use social media to help folks learn more about brown recluses (and their lookalike spider kin).

Sep 6, 2017  |  The Abstract

Buggin’ Out: NC State’s Insect Museum Grows

NC State’s Insect Museum, which already includes more than 1.5 million specimens, has now received a gift of 60,000+ insects.

Jun 26, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Hot Cities Spell Bad News for Bees

A new study finds that common wild bee species decline as urban temperatures increase.

May 17, 2017  |  The Abstract

The Boll Weevil War, or How Farmers and Scientists Saved Cotton in the South

The boll weevil is not much to look at, but it was powerful enough to forge an unprecedented partnership between farmers, legislators and scientists.