Insects http://wunc.org en 'Love Motel For Insects' Opens for Business In RTP http://wunc.org/post/love-motel-insects-opens-business-rtp <p>There's a new establishment opening for one night only in Research Triangle Park. It's a Love Motel for Insects. Imagine several teepees lit up against the night sky - attracting area insects from far and wide.</p><p></p><p>It's a voyeuristic space. Once the ultraviolet light attracts the insects, people can look closely at them. Brandon Ballengée is the scientist/artist behind the project. <a href="http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/invitation-to-an-insect-rendezvous/1">An article in American Scientist Magazine</a> provides some background:</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:55:49 +0000 Carol Jackson 39143 at http://wunc.org 'Love Motel For Insects' Opens for Business In RTP Insecticide Producer BASF Expands Research Facility In RTP http://wunc.org/post/insecticide-producer-basf-expands-research-facility-rtp <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with a leading plant sciences company have expanded their presence in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.basf.com/group/corporate/en/" style="line-height: 1.5;">BASF</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cut the ribbon today on new lab, office and greenhouse space.&nbsp; The expansion cost $33 million.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new addition includes an insect production facility, or an "insect zoo," to aid in testing bug-killing agents.&nbsp; Nigel </span>Armes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is </span>BASF's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director of research and development.&nbsp; He says the facility is key in establishing the company as a leader in insecticide production.</span><br><br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:28:36 +0000 Gurnal Scott 21944 at http://wunc.org Insecticide Producer BASF Expands Research Facility In RTP NC State Researchers Figure Out How To Steer Cockroaches Via Remote Control http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-researchers-figure-out-how-steer-cockroaches-remote-control <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do you ever wish that you could control roaches? That technology has now been developed, thanks to researchers at North Carolina State University.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Unfortunately, it requires catching the roaches first.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:43:54 +0000 Laura Candler 17923 at http://wunc.org NC State Researchers Figure Out How To Steer Cockroaches Via Remote Control NC State Study: Genetic Diversity Key To Honey Bee Survival http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-study-genetic-diversity-key-honey-bee-survival <p>Honey bee populations have been struggling in recent years. <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00114-013-1065-y">New research out of NC State</a> underlines the importance of genetic diversity as key to the honey bees' survival. The study took samples from 80 commercial colonies used to pollinate about a third of the food we eat. It found queens that mated at least seven times were nearly three times more likely to survive the season. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:52:38 +0000 Catherine Brand 17492 at http://wunc.org NC State Study: Genetic Diversity Key To Honey Bee Survival Ready Or Not, Here Come The Cicadas! http://wunc.org/post/ready-or-not-here-come-cicadas <p>North Carolinians in the <a href="http://www.cicadamania.com/pictures/main.php?g2_itemId=3618">western Triangle and Triad</a> soon will be visited en masse by the ear-splitting song of the 17-year cicadas. Over the next ten days or so, cicadas from&nbsp; a group classified as Brood II will begin emerging from the ground and begin a month-long mating frenzy. The females will lay their eggs by sawing little slits into twigs on trees and depositing their eggs into those slits. When the eggs hatch, the nymphs drop to the ground and tunnel into the soil to feed on tree roots, where they'll stay for another 17 years until they become adults.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:46:15 +0000 Catherine Brand 13723 at http://wunc.org Ready Or Not, Here Come The Cicadas! Cockroaches' Obsessive Grooming Habit http://wunc.org/post/cockroaches-obsessive-grooming-habit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract" style="line-height: 1.5;">new study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from researchers at N.C. State finds that cockroaches must clean themselves incessantly in order to function properly. The findings are important not just for scientists studying insect behavior, but also – to the relief of those who suffer from infestations – might provide clues in developing more effective pesticides.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:33:18 +0000 Laura Candler 9646 at http://wunc.org Cockroaches' Obsessive Grooming Habit Arthropods in our Homes http://wunc.org/post/arthropods-our-homes <p>Creepy crawling creatures co-exist among us in our homes, but before you whip out the bug spray, consider this offer from scientist <a href="http://naturalsciences.org/nature-research-center/directors/michelle-trautwein" target="_blank">Michelle Trautwein</a>. She and a team of researchers would like to inspect, collect samples from and analyze the insect species found in and around your home. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:59:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Lindsay Foster Thomas 4175 at http://wunc.org Kudzu-Eating Bug Could Spread to Cash Crops http://wunc.org/post/kudzu-eating-bug-could-spread-cash-crops <p></p><p>An insect that feeds on invasive kudzu is making its way into North Carolina. The so-called kudzu bug was first discovered in Georgia several years ago. Jack Bacheler is an entymologist with N.C. State University. He says the problem is the beetle, called the bean plataspid, also likes crops like soybeans.<br> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:43:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 7523 at http://wunc.org Kudzu-Eating Bug Could Spread to Cash Crops Colleges Check for Bedbugs as Students Return http://wunc.org/post/colleges-check-bedbugs-students-return <p>Bedbugs have recently been found on the campus of Wake Forest University. Officials say dogs discovered evidence of the pests in a very small number of dorm rooms. Those rooms have been treated and are expected to be free of bedbugs as students arrive. Michael Waldvogel is an associate professor of entomology at North Carolina Statue University. He says N.C. State and Wake Forest use heat generating equipment to deal with any outbreaks of bedbugs.<br> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8228 at http://wunc.org