I will be in Eugene, Oregon for the next few months. Thanks so much to the great folks at University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution for hosting me and lending me office space.
As resistant American elms are making a comeback on US streets, so are their pests.
I can expect this encounter to go one of two ways. This is a woman with an insatiable appetite for learning, whose scholastic intrigue cannot keep her from asking me what I am doing, OR she is a slightly disgruntled neighbor. She is the latter.
Pink-striped oakworms are chomping on oak trees in Raleigh right now and leaving piles of frass (poop) in their wake. Spot them on your trees by looking for branches with all of their leaves chewed off.
Insects experience the environment at much smaller scales than people do. Some insects may not move more than a block in their lives. We figured bees that can't tolerate heat won't be found in hot parts of town and did a study to determine if that's true.
Potato leafhoppers damage red maples and many other kinds of plants. Danny Lauderdale has been capturing them this week in nurseries.
Pollinators came to national attention due, in part, to concern that neonicotinoid insecticides may be harmful to them. This spring, concern for monarchs and concern about neonicotinoids have collided.
Do you like working outside? Do cool bugs get you really stoked? Can you count? Then read on, we have a place for you in the Frank Lab!
If driving a giant pickup truck around downtown Raleigh is your idea of a good time...have we got the job for you. Don’t worry, you’ll get to do some cool science too!
Area Specialized Agent Danny Lauderdale reports that red headed flea beetle adults are active in eastern NC.