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Black flies are back and biting people and pets in Spokane

Black flies, commonly known as “buffalo gnats,” are tiny, biting flies that are found near rivers and streams. The flies bite, but do not spread disease.


The tick-friendly Northwest

As the Palouse shrugs off the last gasps of winter weather, pedestrians and pet owners may have noticed an explosion of activity among that pernicious perennial parasite – the tick.


For summer road trips, a new app turns insect splats into a detective game

For this summer’s road trips, skip the license plate game and 100th viewing of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and try a new diversion we’ll call Name That Splat.


Gardening: Start spring cleaning now to eradicate houseplant insects

It’s time to check your houseplants for unwanted visitors. The plants have been somewhat dormant for the last couple of months but with the increasing light, they will soon be …


Scientists: U.S. military program could be seen as bioweapon

A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do stink bugs stink?

Stink bugs use smell as a defense against predators.


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

With 3.1 million insects and counting, WSU collection gets a boost from alumnus’ estate

To be a farmer, a forester or even a climate scientist, it can help to know a thing or two about insects, like what they eat, where they thrive, which …


Harvey brings a plague of floating fire ants into Houston

In addition to widespread suffering and devastation, Hurricane Harvey has brought a plague of floating fire ants to the Houston region.


Oregon silverspot butterflies get new places to grow

To release an Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillar, biologist Anne Walker takes it out of a little Tupperware container and sets it gently on its preferred food, the spade-shaped leaves of …


Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more …


Zika may be spread by 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say

Zika may be spread by as many as 35 species of mosquitoes, including seven found in the United States, according to a predictive model created by University of Georgia ecologists …


Bees struggle to survive Oregon’s brutal winter

Seven hives’ worth of honey bees at Oak Hill School in Eugene died this winter. When the group of 16 second-grade students who tend to the normally buzzing insects found …


Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent …


Trump administration delays listing bumblebee as endangered

The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect.


Ants have been farming plants for millions of years, long before people

Could ants get any cooler? These amazing insects have been known to create rafts and bridges with their bodies and tend to vast fungus gardens. Now, a new study suggests …


Washington reports fewer trapped gypsy moths

After setting 34,000 traps around the state this summer to catch the much-loathed European and Asian gypsy moths, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has reportedly caught 25 of the …


Scientists just completed a census of the creepy crawlies that live in our homes

Do you know the bugs that share your home? No? Well, pull up a chair and get acquainted. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder …


Stink bug numbers increasing dramatically in Washington

The population of stink bugs is increasing dramatically in Washington state.


Dog finds religion in standoff with praying mantis

A praying mantis is a tough dude among bugs. It’s born to fight, not to flee even a bone-crunching dog.


Butterfly walk reveals nature’s artistry

Butterflies are more than just another pretty bug.


Tom Rogers logged Dishman Hills butterflies

The father of the Dishman Hills Natural Area had his mind on the land, birds, flora and fauna in the 1960s when he helped spearhead the movement to preserve open …


Portland to spray for gypsy moths

Officials will soon begin spraying insecticide to keep gypsy moths out of Portland.


Mount Spokane ice crawler may be a unique species, scientists say

Unusual creatures are lurking on and under the snow of Mount Spokane. They’re called ice crawlers, and a University of Wisconsin entomologist hypothesizes that these have enough genetic differences to …


UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects

The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the …


Ghost-like moose proof that ticks suck

The graying look of moose you might see in the field this spring isn’t the result of old age. It’s likely the work of blood-sucking ticks.


In the Garden: Be prepared when insects invade

There sure are a lot of insects out there. While some of them are the good guys, many apparently think you planted a garden just for them. What’s a gardener …


Field reports: Michigan paves way for wolf hunting

PREDATORS – Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday that clears the way to schedule Michigan’s first gray wolf hunting season since the resurgent predator, reviled by some as a …


Zap ’em and trap ’em: It’s yellow jacket war

Latest in a seemingly never-ending series on nature’s attempt to murder me. As I write these words I am trying to ignore a red, itchy welt on my left wrist.


Bed of bugs

At first I thought I’d disturbed a nest of red ants. Instead they were ladybird beetles – often called ladybugs – swarming on my boots. I was sitting on a …


Pests get warm welcome

The mild winter weather offered people ample time to spend outdoors. Now it also means there could be more uninvited houseguests crawling around in springtime. The insects of spring have …