Invertebrate Species


Invertebrate species are animals which lack hard internal bones, specifically a spine or backbone. Example species include: spiders and other insects; squids; sponges; flatworms; jellyfish; roundworms; segmented worms; and others. Invertebrate species make up to 97% of all animal species.



Spotlights

Fire Ant Areawide Fire Ant Suppression Research

USDA, Agricultural Research Service

Fire ants damage crops, livestock, and electronics, and sting people. This cooperative project aims to control the fire ant population in participating states through enhanced biocontrol rather than chemical insecticides.


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Adult Cacutus Moth (Cactoblastis cactorum). Dale Habeck. Invasive.org Cactoblastis cactorum poses a serious threat to prickly pear cactus. (PDF | 744 KB)

Final Report to the International Atomic Energy Agency

Poised to spread to Mexico and the southwestern United States, the cactoblastis cactorum, or cactus moth, poses a serious threat to prickly pear cactus, a key source of food, medicine and fodder in these areas. Species Profile


Whitefly Q biotype is less susceptible to pesticides.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service

In comparison to the B biotype whitefly , the Q biotype is less susceptible to many pesticide types, leaving fewer chemical options for control, increasing concern that insecticide resistance may develop more rapidly with Q.