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Tarantula Venom Protein May Serve As Bioinsecticide For Cotton Crop Pests
2013-09-12 10:10:21

Public Library of Science Spider venoms are usually toxic when injected into prey, but a new protein discovered in the venom of Australian tarantulas can also kill prey insects that consume the venom orally. The protein is strongly insecticidal to the cotton bollworm, an important agricultural pest, according to research published September 11 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Glenn King and Maggie Hardy from the Institute of Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland,...

Beetles Defeat Plant Defenses With Help From Microbes
2013-09-10 11:03:44

Penn State Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who found that the beetles with bacteria were healthier and grew better. "For the last couple of decades, my lab has focused on induced defenses in plants," said Gary W. Felton, professor and head of entomology. "We had some clues that oral secretions of beetles suppressed...

Overlooked Diversity In The Diamondback Moth
2013-08-29 11:26:57

Pensoft Publishers The tiny diamondback moth (scientific name: Plutella xylostella) gets its common name from the array of diamond shapes along the margin of its forewing. Despite their diminutive size, the caterpillars of the diamondback moth exert tremendous damage on many crops including cabbage, broccoli, and crucifers at large. More than $1 billion is spent globally each year in efforts to control damage by this moth, reflecting its amazing capacity to evolve resistance to both...

2013-08-09 23:04:56

City & Country Pest Control (http://www.cityandcountrypestcontrol.com), the leader in residential, industrial, and commercial pest eradication and humane wildlife and bird removal, warns of a major pharaoh ant threat as weather begins to cool down in the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) August 09, 2013 City & Country Pest Control (http://www.cityandcountrypestcontrol.com), the leader in residential, industrial, and commercial pest eradication and humane wildlife and...

2013-07-02 23:16:59

Save Our Citrus Campaign Focuses on Greening Disease (HLB) Prevention Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new effort in Louisiana to raise awareness about the threat of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). Residents are urged “Don’t Go Green!” because “Louisiana Citrus is at Risk.” In 2012, Louisiana produced $5.2 million in citrus crops, including satsumas, lemons, navel and Louisiana...

2013-07-02 23:16:57

Save Our Citrus Campaign Focuses on Greening Disease (HLB) Prevention Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new effort in Arizona to raise awareness about the threat of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). Arizonans are urged “Don’t Go Green!” because “Arizona Citrus is at Risk.” Arizona produces 38,000 tons of citrus at a value of more than $15 million and accounts for thousands of...

2013-07-02 23:16:54

Save Our Citrus Campaign Focuses on Greening Disease (HLB) Prevention Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new effort in Florida to raise awareness about the threat of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). Residents are cautioned “Our Citrus is Going Green!” and encouraged to “Help Save Our Citrus.” Florida produces 70 percent of the United States’ supply of citrus. The Florida citrus...

2013-07-02 23:04:33

Save Our Citrus Campaign Focuses on Greening Disease (HLB) Prevention Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new effort in Texas to raise awareness about the threat of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). Residents are urged “Don’t Go Green!” because “Texas Citrus is at Risk.” The Texas citrus industry supports almost 6,000 jobs and has an economic impact of $189 million annually. Citrus...

Crazy Ants Eating Electronics Across US Gulf States
2013-06-11 07:53:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A growing epidemic is eating its way across the Gulf Coast of the US and it seems there is little that can be done about it. The invasive ant species, Nylanderia fulva, commonly known as the tawny crazy ant, hairy crazy ant or Raspberry crazy ant, which was first discovered in Houston, Texas in 2002, is causing huge problems for people in at least four states around the Gulf of Mexico. The tawny crazy ant is an exotic species...

Crazy Ants Are Now Displacing Fire Ants
2013-05-19 07:17:20

[ Watch the Video: Rise of the Crazy Ants ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Residents of the Gulf Coast are in the midst of an invasion - an ant invasion. An invasive and ecologically dominant species of ant is reportedly displacing the native fire ant in areas throughout the southeastern US. The invasive species originates from South America and is known as Nylanderia fulva, or tawny crazy ants, according to Geoffrey Mohan of the Los Angeles Times. Normally...


Latest Agricultural pest insects Reference Libraries

Red Locust, Nomadacris septemfasciata
2013-07-10 15:41:21

The red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata) is a species of grasshopper that is native to Sub-Saharan Africa, where it prefers to swarm moist areas like seasonal floodplains. It can be found in areas with grain, its main food source, and areas with some tree cover. Adults are typically brownish-tan in color and can reach an average body length between 2.4 and 3.3 inches depending upon the sex, with females growing larger. Young individuals of this species can vary in color depending upon which...

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2009-04-28 20:58:59

The Agrotis infusa or Bogong moth is a species of nocturnal moth that in spring will swarm in great numbers around public buildings in Canberra, Australia. They are commonly found in Southern parts of Australia featuring a wingspan of one and three quarters inches and are brown or black in color with stout bodies covered with long thick scales. Larvae are often called cutworms and feed on a variety of plants of which they "cut" pieces and carry them back to their burrows for food. Adult...

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2007-10-24 13:06:45

The Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella), is a member of the Lepidopteran family Tortricidae. They are known as an agricultural pest, their larva being the common apple worm. It is originally native to Europe but was introduced to North America, where it has become one of the regular pests of apple orchards. Now it is found nearly worldwide. It also is a pest against pears, walnuts, and other tree fruits. The codling moth is grayish with light gray and copper stripes on its wings, and has an...

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2005-09-08 11:11:08

PHOTO CAPTION: Goliath Beetle Beetles are one of the main groups of insects. Their order, Coleoptera (meaning "sheathed wing"), has more species than any other order in the entire animal kingdom. Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are regularly discovered. Estimates put the total number of species at between 5 and 8 million. When J. B. S. Haldane, a British geneticist, was asked what his studies of nature revealed about...

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2005-09-08 09:57:58

The gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, is a moth of European origin. Life cycle Gypsy moth egg masses are laid on branches and trunks of trees, however egg masses may be found in any sheltered location. Egg masses are buff colored when first laid but may bleach out over the winter months when exposed to direct sunlight and weathering. The hatching of gypsy moth eggs coincides with budding of most hardwood trees. Larvae emerge from egg masses from early spring through mid-May. Larvae...

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