Tag: Entomology

Sibling termites take care of kids while moms and dads produce millions more

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine mom and dad already have five children and are too busy, or lack the financial resources to raise more children. Sometimes, older siblings must assume some parental duties. That’s also what happens with some… Read More

Can Florida mosquitoes transmit new strains of painful chikungunya virus?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are starting to better understand the ability of two Florida mosquito species to transmit two strains of chikungunya virus that have caused outbreaks of human disease around the world. The virus… Read More

Jeepers creepers what are all these creatures? See our new UF/IFAS Featured Creatures!

It is that time of year when it seems that everywhere you look is an insect you have never seen before. To keep you in the know we have pulled together some of the newest Creatures from the… Read More

Bumblebees boost blueberry yield

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bumblebees can boost blueberry yield by 70 percent, good news for Florida growers in the heart of their blueberry season, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. The news also… Read More

Male jumping spiders court whomever, whenever; females decide who lives, dies

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Male jumping spiders will try to mate with any female, but that lack of discretion could cost them their lives, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. In a… Read More

Inspiring Future Scientists

There’s nothing better than having a group of young students visit GCREC for a tour.  Well, most groups.  No offense to middle school children or their parents, but that age group is a little difficult to keep engaged. … Read More

‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed and thrive on them, especially in warm and dry urban landscapes,… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute… Read More

Kids get hooked on science at UF/IFAS Gulf Coast REC

Student looking through a microscope

To the naked eye, a spider mite isn’t much to look at, but when a group of second graders huddles around one of Hugh Smith’s microscopes, they see more than just a bug. “They see a tiny monster… Read More