Bugs and Pests
"Bugs and Pests"
Do you like insects? Do you get “buggy” at the sight of a Japanese beetle? Are you curious about an insect you found in your back yard? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because in this section, we’re all about bugs.
You may think all bugs are “pesky pests,” but some are actually beneficial. Take the waterfern beetle, which eats destructive weeds and other pests. Some insects, like the spotted lanternfly (see above), are beautiful but highly destructive to crops.
Here at ARS, we have teams of scientists and researchers specializing in entomology (insects). They use scientific information and tools to detect, control, and eradicate insects that negatively impact crops, animals, and humans. In fact, we even use insects to attack other insects, a method called biocontrol.
Be sure to stop by often to learn about our insect research – we promise not to bite or sting.
In This Section
Wasp Kills Foes From the Inside Out
These parasitic wasps lay eggs inside the developing fly larva and consume them from the inside.Learn more
Protecting Our Pollinators
Pollinators are essential to healthy, biodiverse ecosystems.Learn more
This Caterpillar Feeds on Orchids
ARS scientists are constantly discovering and describing new species of insects like the ostrich moth.Learn more
Insect Fight Club: Stink Bug vs. Samurai Wasp
A tiny parasitic wasp known as the samurai wasp, may be the solution to the major economic damage to crops perpetrated by the stink bug.Learn more
Three Strikes and You're Out
Learn how ARS scientists are working hard to fight this pest and protect our beloved ash trees.Learn more
Persimillis: Saver of the Strawberries
The Carmine predator mite eats other mites and insect pestsLearn more
The Cactus Moth
These caterpillars started as a “friend” but became an invasive “pest”.Learn more
Beauty or a Beast?
ARS researchers have been hot on the trail of the destructive spotted lanternfly.Learn more
Dusty Rose Myrtle Borer
The caterpillar of the dusty rose myrtle borer feeds on the tissues inside stems of plants in the myrtle family.Learn more
Crapemyrtle Bark Scale
This insect is native to East Asia and feeds on the sap of the vividly colorful crapemyrtle trees, as well as apple and blackberry plants.Learn more