Outbreak of Poisonous Browntail Moth Caterpillars Plagues Maine

The caterpillars, known as browntail moths, have tiny hairs that can cause skin rashes and even breathing issues for some people.

#browntail-moths, #butterflies-and-moths, #cape-cod-mass, #caterpillars, #invasive-species, #maine, #poisoning-and-poisons, #waterville-me

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Intruder Pests May Drain Trillions From Africa’s Economies, Study Finds

Invasive species could cost the agricultural sector more than $3.5 trillion across the continent, a new study estimated.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #global-warming, #invasive-species, #nigeria, #research, #weeds

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What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

For decades, the core mission of the Park Service was absolute conservation. Now ecologists are being forced to do triage, deciding what to safeguard — and what to let slip away.

#acadia-national-park-me, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #wildfires

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How the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Affects New York

A program to vaccinate homebound older people was put on hold while the one-shot vaccine was paused.

#invasive-species, #johnsonjohnson, #new-york-city, #sheep, #trust-for-governors-island, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species

Image of a snake fighting an alligator.

Enlarge (credit: Lori Oberhofer/NPS)

In addition to being home to men with questionable decision-making skills, Florida also seems to have some issues with bizarre animal behavior, whether it’s freezing iguanas dropping from trees or alligators battling pythons in the Everglades. When it comes to those animals, however, Floridians can truly put the blame on non-natives. Neither pythons nor green iguanas made the sunshine state their home until we brought them there as pets.

In fact, there are lots of problematic invasive species that have spread through the pet trade, from predatory fish that can drag themselves between bodies of water to a crayfish that clones itself to reproduce. Those high-profile cases lead to some obvious questions, like whether pets really are more likely to be invasive and, if so, why?

Two Swiss researchers, Jérôme Gippeta and Cleo Bertelsmeier have now attempted to answer these questions. And their conclusion is that yes, our pets are more likely to be problems.

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#biology, #invasive-species, #pets, #science

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Can We Patch Up the Natural World We’ve Hurt?

In “Under a White Sky,” Elizabeth Kolbert explores the human efforts to confront the effects of climate change, and all their unintended consequences.

#books-and-literature, #global-warming, #invasive-species, #kolbert-elizabeth, #under-a-white-sky-the-nature-of-the-future-book

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Attack of the Murder Hornets is a nature doc shot through horror/sci-fi lens

Extreme close-up photograph of terrifying insect.

Enlarge / “What are you looking at?” The Asian Giant Hornet, aka a “murder hornet,” is not to be trifled with. (credit: Gary Alpert)

In November 2019, a beekeeper in Blaine, Washington, named Ted McFall was horrified to discover thousands of tiny mutilated bodies littering the ground: an entire colony of his honeybees had been brutally decapitated. The culprit: the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), a species native to southeast Asia and parts of the Russian far East. Somehow, these so-called “murder hornets” had found their way to the Pacific Northwest, where they posing a dire ecological threat to North American honeybee populations.

The story of the quest to track and eradicate the hornets before their numbers became overwhelming is the subject of a new documentary: Attack of the Murder Hornets, now streaming on Discovery+. Featuring genuine suspense, a colorful cast of characters crossing socioeconomic lines, and a tone that draws on classic horror and science fiction movies, it’s one of the best nature documentaries you’re likely to see this year.

Asian giant hornets are what’s known as apex predators, sporting enormous mandibles, the better to rip the heads off their prey and remove the tasty thoraxes (which include muscles that power the bee’s wings for flying and movement). A single hornet can decapitate 20 bees in one minute, and just a handful can wipe out 30,000 bees in 90 minutes. The hornet has a venomous, extremely painful sting—and its stinger is long enough to puncture traditional beekeeping suits. Conrad Berube, a beekeeper and entomologist who had the misfortune to be stung seven times while exterminating a murder hornet nest, told The New York Times, “It was like having red-hot thumbtacks being driven into my flesh.” And while Japanese honeybees, for example, have evolved defenses against the murder hornet, North American honeybees have not, as the slaughter of McFall’s colony aptly demonstrated.

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#discovery-plus, #documentaries, #ecology, #gaming-culture, #honeybees, #invasive-species, #murder-hornets, #science

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Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

#agriculture-department, #epidemics, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

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It’s a New Year in the Garden, Too: Time for Some Resolutions

In advance of the growing season, it’s helpful for gardeners to acknowledge what went wrong in the previous year, and figure out what to do instead.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #invasive-species, #new-year, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Menaced by Murder Hornets, Bees Decorate Their Hives With Poop

Asian honeybees have exhibited what scientists call a form of tool use to deter attacks by giant predatory wasps.

#animal-behavior, #bees, #biology-and-biochemistry, #feces, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #manure, #mattila-heather-rose, #public-library-of-science-plos, #research, #vietnam, #wasps-insects, #wellesley-college, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Scientists Destroyed a Nest of Murder Hornets. Here’s What They Learned.

Officials vacuumed the country’s first nest of so-called murder hornets last month in Washington State. The invasive insects could multiply and kill native bee populations, endangering crops and ecosystems.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #united-states, #washington-state

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Murder Hornet Nest, First in U.S., Is Found in Washington State

Officials said they planned to destroy the nest in Blaine, Wash., on Saturday before the voracious Asian giant hornets could multiply and lay waste to bees.

#blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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What My Covid-19 Hallucination Showed Me

It all began with an endless gray tunnel. And ended with a vision of how to rebuild our lives.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs

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A Toxic Alien Is Taking Over Russia

The giant hogweed isn’t just an invasive plant. It’s a metaphor for what is happening to much of this country.

#flowers-and-plants, #invasive-species, #putin-vladimir-v, #rural-areas, #russia

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Washington State Officials Hunt for Colony of ‘Murder Hornets’

The search has taken on particular urgency as the Asian giant hornets are about to enter their “slaughter phase,” during which they kill bees by decapitating them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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When Invasive Species Become the Meal

Is dining on nature’s predators an act of environmentalism — or just a new way for humans to bend the world to our will?

#2020-t-design, #conservation-of-resources, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #invasive-species, #lai-bun, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #thomas-robert-a, #wildlife-die-offs, #world-health-organization

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The Dreaded Lanternbug, Scourge of Agriculture, Spreads in New Jersey

The insect poses a serious threat to American crops, particularly vineyards, and inspires creative backyard methods of eliminating them.

#helmus-matthew-r, #invasive-species, #new-england-states-us, #new-jersey, #northeastern-states-us, #ocean-grove-nj, #philadelphia-pa, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Death of a Cat

For weeks, I have been trying to understand my own tears in the presence of a dying creature I did not love.

#cats, #environment, #invasive-species

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U.S. Identifies Some of the Mysterious Seeds Mailed From China

The 14 varieties identified include common ones, such as hibiscus, morning glory and lavender. Still, experts warned recipients not to plant them.

#animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #china, #flowers-and-plants, #frauds-and-swindling, #gardens-and-gardening, #herbs, #invasive-species, #seeds

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As Summer Takes Hold, So Do the Jumping Worms

These invasive pests, which ravage the soil and damage plant life, are easiest to spot now, in their adult form. But what to do if you see them?

#gardens-and-gardening, #invasive-species, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #worms

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There Are Wasps in the Yard. You’d Better Get to Know Them.

They buzz. They hover. Sometimes they sting. But how much do you really know about these insects that can menace our summers?

#animal-cognition, #content-type-service, #hornets-insects, #invasive-species, #lawns, #picnics, #summer-season, #wasps-insects, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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New Red Algae Are Threatening Hawaii’s Coral Reefs, Scientists Say

The recently discovered species covers coral in a thick layer and suffocates it. Scientists don’t know where it came from.

#algae, #coral, #hawaii, #invasive-species, #reefs, #seaweed

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Majestic Icon or Invasive Pest? A War Over Australia’s Wild Horses

Scientists say the animals, known as brumbies, must be culled because they are destroying rivers and endangering native wildlife. Rural activists call these efforts an attack on Australian heritage.

#australia, #environment, #horses, #invasive-species, #rural-areas

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Birds Do It. People, Too. Is Migration Simply Natural for All Species?

In her latest book, “The Next Great Migration,” the science journalist Sonia Shah traces the global movements of humans today to age-old patterns in other species.

#animal-migration, #birds, #books-and-literature, #darwin-charles-robert, #illegal-immigration, #invasive-species, #linnaeus-carl, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shah-sonia, #tanton-john-h, #the-next-great-migration-the-beauty-and-terror-of-life-on-the-move-book

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The Giant ‘Murder Hornet’ Resurfaces in British Columbia

The large invasive insect, sometimes known as the “murder hornet,” has reappeared in British Columbia, miles away from traps placed to contain it.

#asian-giant-hornet, #british-columbia-canada, #hornets-insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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Exotic Lizards Creep Into Georgia. Don’t Expect Southern Hospitality.

State wildlife officials have warned residents to be on the lookout for the Argentine black and white tegu, an invasive lizard species that is threatening native creatures.

#florida, #georgia, #invasive-species, #lizards, #tegus

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These Large Carnivorous Lizards Are Right Where They Belong

Monitor lizards, believed to be invasive species on some Pacific islands, got there long before humans, a new study says.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #invasive-species, #komodo-dragons-lizards, #lizards, #micronesia, #palau, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #weijola-valter, #your-feed-science

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The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’

We didn’t stop the coronavirus. But perhaps we can stop the giant hornets.

#bees, #deaths-fatalities, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state

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In Japan, the ‘Murder Hornet’ Is Both a Lethal Threat and a Tasty Treat

Long before the insects found their way to American shores, some Japanese prized them for their numbing crunch and the venomous buzz they add to liquor.

#hornets-insects, #hunting-and-trapping, #invasive-species, #japan

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