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Something’s missing – where are all the wasps?
July 24, 2017

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – A force of nature has taken the sting out of the region’s wasp population.

“The number of yellow jackets is really down from what we normally see this time of summer — really down,” said Washington State University entomologist Richard Zack.

Beginning beekeeping course starts Feb. 27
February 9, 2017

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – To help rebuild, maintain and expand local pollinators and honey producers, an apprentice level beekeeping course will run 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 27-March 27, in McCollum Park at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do bugs walk on water?
December 14, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – The other day I was out ice skating when I started thinking about your question. Water strider bugs skitter across ponds almost as if they were skating on ice.

Researchers feed, breed, protect bees to survive winter
November 28, 2016

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

beePULLMAN, Wash. – Gathering last-minute sips of nectar and pollen, bees at the Washington State University Teaching Apiary recently made the most of an unusually warm, 60-degree November day.

Stink bugs invade more counties, homes in Washington
October 18, 2016

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Stink-bug-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A recent upsurge of dirty, rotten, no-good brown marmorated stink bugs in the Pacific Northwest has researchers scrambling to keep the insect’s numbers from exploding.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do spiders make silk?
October 4, 2016

Dr-Universe-230MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Spiders can do some amazing things with their sticky, stretchy and super-strong silk. We cats are pretty curious about these little silk-spinning machines, too.

Southbound stopover by monarch butterfly a big surprise
October 3, 2016

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

tagged-monarch-webPROSSER, Wash. – When a butterfly dines in a homeowner’s garden, that’s not unusual. But when some internal compass guides that winged visitor into the yard of Kathy Keatley Garvey in northern California, it’s downright remarkable.

Study: Neonicotinoid pesticides pose low risk to honey bees
August 15, 2016

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – While neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees, a new study by Washington State University researchers shows that the substances pose little risk to bees in real-world settings.

Zack named interim associate dean of academic programs
July 28, 2016

zack-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Richard Zack has been appointed interim associate dean of academic programs in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, effective Aug. 1.