Our Insects at Work
Our laboratory strain of Spodoptera frugiperda was one of 55 samples of the species sourced from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil, and Kenya in this recent study by Schlum et al. (BMC Genomics 22:179, 2021). Whole genome sequencing was performed in an effort to understand gene flow at the whole genome level among S.frugiperda populations. Among other conclusions, based on the genomic similarities found between host strains and laboratory vs. field samples, their findings validate the experimental use of laboratory strains.
Check out our amazing insects up close!
In 2014 Sam Droege of the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab worked on a series of macro-photography images for National Geographic featuring several of our lepidopteran species. See more of Sam's work here.
In 2017 researchers John Orrock, Brian Connolly, and Anthony Kitchen from the University of Wisconsin-Madison published a fascinating study in Nature Ecology & Evolution using Spodoptera exigua from Benzon Research.
It is eerily amazing to see normally non-cannibalistic larvae turn on each other so quickly when stressed! Their study was highlighted in The New York Times.