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Hilo Entomologist Working to Thwart the Stinging Caterpillar

This is cool as Mr. Jang was one of my wife’s co-workers at one time and if you have ever been stung by one of these buggahs… you know it hurts like hell:

…That’s why Jang, who’s at the U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, is working with colleagues in that state and elsewhere to explore new ways to thwart the insect.

In a highly experimental approach, Jang plans to use sexually sterilized fruit flies, such as sterilized melon flies, as winged carriers of an alluring nettle moth scent, a component of what’s known as a pheromone. Sterile melon flies are a logical choice because techniques for producing large numbers of them—to disrupt their normal reproduction and cause their populations to crash—are already in place…

More Here: Invasive Nettle Moth Triggers Hawaii Research