Desert-Dwelling Entomologists Visit the Rainforest in Belize


By Helen Vessels and Danielle Lara The chance to explore the vast biodiversity of a tropical rainforest is a rare opportunity for New Mexico State University students in the desert Southwest. This spring, the much anticipated Tropical Insect Ecology course, taught by Professor Scott Bundy, became available for a select group of students. A 10-day […]

Hollywood is for the Bugs

Actor Taran Killam psyching himself up to be covered in flies while making the movie Brothers in Law.

Sometimes as The Bug Chicks, we get asked to help film producers deal with live insects on shoots. We’ve helped kids handle insects for an Intel commercial, and last week we were on the set of an upcoming Hollywood movie with some cast members from Saturday Night Live. The experience was wonderful and unexpectedly bug-tastic. […]

Peeking at the Playbook of Asian Trees May Help Stop the Emerald Ash Borer


By David Showalter In just the last decade, the emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North America and is a growing threat to European ash. However, Asian ash species are not affected by the EAB. As a part of an effort to save the multi-billion dollar ash resources, […]

New eBook: The American Entomologist Poet’s Guide to the Order of Insects


In addition to being a scientist, entomology professor, and editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, Gene Kritsky is also an art enthusiast and a scholar of insects in literature and the arts. He has co-authored articles about insect drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, insects in paintings by the sixteenth-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and the […]

A Tour of Portland with the Bug Chicks


By Gwen Pearson ESA’s 62nd Annual Meeting will be held November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Portland is an amazing city, and home to The Bug Chicks, two of my favorite insect educators. Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker create insect-related educational materials for clients as diverse as NPR Science Friday to the Norman Borlaug Institute […]

Newly Discovered Planthopper Appendage Doesn’t Fit the Bauplan


Although the world of insects is incredibly diverse, there are some morphological characteristics that all adult winged insects have shared in common for hundreds of millions of years. For example, all of them have five-segmented heads, three-segmented thoraxes with three pairs of legs, and 11-segmented abdomens. Any appendages that appear on their abdomens have been […]

Little Fire Ants Causing Big Problems on Guam


How bad is the little fire ant situation on Guam? Bad enough for the University of Guam to release a statement telling the island’s residents, “If you haven’t been affected by LFA yet, you will be” without control efforts. “What this ant does is that it swarms and pretty much eats all of the animals, […]

Two New Species of Carabid Beetles Found in Ethiopia


There are more than 150 species of beetles in the genus Calathus, 17 of which have only been found in the mountains of the Ethiopian Highlands. Now scientists have found two new ones — Calathus juan and Calathus carballalae — and have described them in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. C. juan is […]

Researchers Find Bacteria in Raw Honey that Could Replace Antibiotics


Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey that produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds. These lactic acid bacteria were tested on severe human wound pathogens — such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) — and the […]

Newly Discovered Fly Species Parasitizes Moths in Brazil


A newly discovered fly species in the Tachinidae family has been discovered and described in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. The new fly, Lespesia melloi, is a parasitoid of the Spanish moth (Xanthopastis timais), which means it could potentially be used as a biological control agent in the future. Spanish moth caterpillars feed on […]


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