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Invading stink bug eats Cinderella’s pumpkins

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Stink-bug-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – Why an insect the size of a fingernail has been compared to a great white shark is becoming more apparent as the brown marmorated stink bug accelerates across the Pacific Northwest. » More …

Beetles and a cup of joe: Insects boost fair trade coffee sales

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – When java giants like Starbucks seek out the finest fair trade coffee beans in Guatemala, insects can make all the difference. » More …

Bee ‘shouts’ might evolve as more effective than ‘whispers’

Eavesdropping-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Let’s say you’re a bee and you’ve spotted a new and particularly lucrative source of nectar and pollen. What’s the best way to communicate the location of this prize cache of food to the rest of your nestmates without revealing it to competitors, or “eavesdropping” spies, outside of the colony? » More …

Friendship between researcher, teenager benefits honey bees

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Sheridan-Miller-80PULLMAN, Wash. – At just 16 years old, Sheridan Miller is already a veteran fundraiser. The Mill Valley, Calif., teenager recently donated $1,400 she raised to help support Washington State University’s honey bee stock improvement program. Over the past six years, she has raised more than $5,000 to help fund research aimed at combating colony collapse disorder (CCD) and saving the honey bee. » More …

Close encounters of the wasp kind

yellowjacketYAKIMA, Wash. – As August wears on and wasp colonies reach peak size, sun worshippers and picnickers beware: One rolled-up newspaper swat at a yellowjacket crawling toward that spilled ice tea or platter of grilled hamburgers could unleash a flying armada of angry co-workers if a nest is nearby.
 
When a yellowjacket is smashed, its venom sac releases an alarm chemical that alerts nearby guard wasps to come and defend, according to Peter Landolt, a research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Yakima and adjunct faculty member at Washington State University. Even the … » More …

WSU scientist: Dreaded spider doesn’t live here

brown recluse

This brown recluse floating in an alcohol-filled vial came from the southern United States.
(Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)

 

Zack

WSU entomologist
Richard Zack. It’s a
myth that brown
recluses live in the
Northwest, he says.

PULLMAN, Wash. – We’ve all seen them — brown recluse spiders scuttling in the bathtub, scurrying in the tool shed or spinning a web under the porch light.

That is, we think we’ve seen them.

Contrary to what many people believe, the brown recluse, or Loxosceles reclusa, … » More …

WSU researchers preparing bee semen bank

 

Sheppard and Cobey discuss the challenges facing honey bees and the efforts to expand the U.S. honey bee gene pool. Video by WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

 

 

Click the image above to see how semen is extract from honey bees

Liquid nitrogen used to preserve semen from imperiled subspecies.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers are preparing to use liquid nitrogen to create a frozen semen bank from select U.S. and European honey bee colonies.

At the same time, the researchers will use genetic cross-breeding methods to … » More …

WSU names new associate dean of Honors College

PULLMAN – Carol Anelli has been named associate dean of the Honors College. Anelli is an entomologist, award-winning teacher, and longtime Honors College faculty member and administrator. 

 

“Her unparalleled expertise in both undergraduate instruction and curriculum assessment makes her the perfect candidate to support the college’s efforts to take honors to the next level,” said Libby Walker, dean of the college.

Anelli has been associated with the Honors College since 1998. In addition to serving as associate dean, she was the thesis director and oversaw efforts relating to students’ thesis requirements. That included developing a course that … » More …