Behind the Science: Sorting out the murky affair between scale insects, ants, red maples and climate change
This week I followed researcher Elsa Youngsteadt and her undergrad assistant Danielle Schmidt, members of Steve Frank’s lab in the NC State Entomology Department, into the field. When I arrived at their field site, I found each holding a leaf and staring at it so intensely that I first thought they were under some sort of spell. As it turns out, they were focused on counting tiny scale insect nymphs.
Elsa and Danielle are studying how scale insects — a common pest on trees — might benefit from climate change. Scale insects may do better under climate change […]