May Berenbaum Receives New Species of Cockroach Named After Her


Earlier this year, a PhD student named Dominic Evangelista wrote a blog post for Entomology Today where he described a new species of cockroach he had discovered, and offered to name it after the person who donated the most money to his future research efforts. The highest bidder turned out to be none other than […]

Photos and Videos from Entomology 2014 in Portland, OR


Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), ended last night. So far 17 videos have been posted to the ESA YouTube Channel, and more are on the way. Click here for Entomology 2014 videos. The University of Florida and North Carolina State University appeared in the Linnaean Games Finals, […]

Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease


Bed bugs suck. Literally. However, while they are indeed annoying and can keep people awake at night, they have not been regarded as a public-health concern because they have not been documented as transmitters of diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue, or others. However, that status has just changed. A new study from Penn Medicine […]

Bt-resistant Insects not Likely to Be a Problem for Maize Farmers


Dominic Reisig, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, received a phone call in 2013 from a farmer who was having trouble with fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda), an insect pest that costs farmers in the southeastern United States tens of millions of dollars each year. This seemed odd because the farmer had planted Bt corn, […]

Insect-resistant Maize Could Increase Yields and Decrease Pesticide Use in Mexico


Este comunicado está disponible en español. Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country’s average yield per hectare is 38% below the world’s average. In fact, Mexico imports 30% of its maize from foreign sources to keep up with internal demand. To combat insect pests, Mexican farmers rely primarily on chemical insecticides. Approximately 3,000 […]

Educator Workshop at Entomology 2014 in Portland


By Gwen Pearson “I need an ant. Who’s got an ant?” That comment came from Angela Vossenkuhl, director of Concordia University Undergraduate studies in the College of Education. She was building a pitfall trap as part of a workshop held to encourage educators to use insects in the classroom. The Entomological Foundation teacher workshop was […]

Charles Darwin’s Rove Beetle Imaged On-site in Portland, OR


Each year at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, another meeting takes place. A group called the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) meets at about the same time and place, and they put on presentations about taxonomy, systematics, museum collections, interpreting data, and more. Plus, many of the attendees bring insects from all […]

How to Describe a New Species: Getting into the “Spuh Nov” Club


By Dominic Evangelista One of my life-long dreams has been to discover and describe a species previously unknown to science. It’s something a lot of aspiring naturalists dream about. However, unlike my other dream of getting one at-bat for the Yankees, this one is actually pretty doable. In fact, as of November 2014 I have […]

Researchers Describe New Species of Phorid Fly and New Identification Method


Scientists from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles have described a new distinctive fly species of the highly diverse genus Megaselia. The study, published in the Biodiversity Data Journal, proposes an innovative method for streamlining Megaselia species descriptions to save hours of literature reviews and comparisons. The new species, Megaselia shadeae, is easily distinguished […]

Researchers Find Gene that Makes Mosquitoes Prefer Humans over Animals


The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is one of the world’s deadliest mosquitoes. Found in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide, it is the principal carrier of yellow fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Yellow fever annually kills tens of thousands of people worldwide, primarily in Africa, while dengue fever infects hundreds of millions. Interestingly, these mosquitoes […]


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