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Texas is the second largest state in the United States of America, and the largest state in the contiguous USA at nearly 700,000 sq. km. Several Texas bumble bee species have shown evidence of declines in portions of their continental ranges, and conservation initiatives...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2932v2
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Anthropogenic pressures on aquatic systems have placed a renewed focus on biodiversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates. By combining classical taxonomy and DNA barcoding we identified 39 species of caddisflies from the Crooked River, a unique and sensitive system...

["Biogeography","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3034v1
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The polyphagous shot hole borer and Kuroshio shot hole borer, two members of the Euwallacea fornicatus species complex (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), are invasive ambrosia beetles that harbor distinct species of Fusarium fungal symbionts. Together with...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3032v1
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Correct identification of forensically important insects, such as flies in the family Calliphoridae, is a crucial step for them to be used as evidence in legal investigations. Traditional identification based on morphology has been effective, but has some limitations...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3014v1
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Background: The 148 species of kissing bug include important vectors of the debilitating, chronic, and often fatal Chagas disease, which affects several million people in Central and South America. An understanding of the natural hosts of this speciose group of...

["Entomology","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3006v1
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Background: Managed, feral and wild populations of European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera, are currently facing severe colony losses globally. There is consensus that the ectoparasite mite Varroa destructor, that switched hosts from the Eastern honey bee...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2976v1
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Hydrocarbons are the principal component of insects cuticle and play an important role in maintaining water balance. Cuticular impermeability could be an adaptative response to salinity and desiccation in aquatic insects; however, cuticular hydrocarbons have been...

["Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2967v1
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The use of multiple sampling areas in landscape genetic analysis has been recognized as a useful way to generalize the patterns of environmental effects on gene flow. It allows reducing the variability of inference, accounting for multiple scales and locations...

["Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2968v1
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Trichogramma wasps are tiny parasitoids of lepidopteran eggs, used extensively for biological control. They are often infected with the bacterial symbiont Wolbachia, which converts Trichogramma to an asexual mode of reproduction, whereby females develop from unfertilized...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2943v1
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A salivary gland salivation stimulating peptide was identified from the salivary glands of the migratory locust by its ability to stimulate cAMP production in the same tissue. The gene coding for this peptide has recently been shown to code for a precursor consisting...

["Agricultural Science","Biochemistry","Entomology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2940v1
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The use of insects as indicators of postmortem displacement is discussed in many text, courses and TV shows, and several studies addressing this issue have been published. However, the concept is widely cited but poorly understood, and only a few forensic cases...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Public Health"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2934v1
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Background British mosquito population distribution, abundance, species composition and potential for mosquito disease transmission are intimately linked to the physical environment. The presence of ponds and water storage can significantly increase the density...

["Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2895v1
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Outdoor transmission of malaria and other vector borne diseases remains a problem. Suitable methods for assessing vector density are required and a number of tent-traps, for the collection for outdoor biting mosquitoes, have recently been developed. Only one such...

["Ecology","Entomology","Epidemiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2892v1
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Insecticidal crystal (Cry) proteins produced by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) target cells in the midgut epithelium of susceptible larvae. While the mode of action of Cry toxins has been extensively investigated, the midgut response to Cry intoxication...

["Entomology","Microbiology","Histology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2878v1
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Historically, handling insects has usually involved their being killed, but non-lethal approaches are necessary when evaluating the biology of such organisms. Anesthesia has been used as one of these non-lethal approaches. Two common anesthetics used in this way...

["Entomology","Toxicology","Anaesthesiology and Pain Management"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2874v1
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