Famous Female Entomologists Part 5: Berta Scharrer’s Twitter Feed

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This is Part Five of a five-part series on Famous Female Entomologists, in honor of the 32nd Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (February 28, 2015), the theme of which is Female Entomologists. (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four) By Tanya Josek Dr. Berta Scharrer (1906-1995) was an extraordinary scientist. Her work was not […]

Famous Female Entomologists Part 4: Maria Sybilla Merian, the Mother of Entomology

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This is Part Four of a five-part series on Famous Female Entomologists, in honor of the 32nd Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (February 28, 2015), the theme of which is Female Entomologists. (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part 5) By Michelle Duennes As was the case for many women artists of the 17th century, […]

Famous Female Entomologists Part 3: Looking Beyond Edith Patch’s C.V.

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This is Part Three of a five-part series on Famous Female Entomologists, in honor of the 32nd Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (February 28, 2015), the theme of which is Female Entomologists. (Part 1, Part 2, Part Four, Part Five) By Katie Todd Edith Patch (1876-1954), the first female president of the Entomological Society of […]

Famous Female Entomologists Part 2: Anna Botsford Comstock

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This is Part Two of a five-part series on Famous Female Entomologists, in honor of the 32nd Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (February 28, 2015), the theme of which is Female Entomologists. (Part 1, Part 3, Part Four, Part Five) By Andrea Kautz You may know her as the talented wife of John H. Comstock […]

CORRECTION: Caffeine Does Not Protect Bumble Bees

Last week on February 18, 2015, an Entomology Today article called “Caffeine and Nicotine May Protect Bees Against Intestinal Parasites” claimed that both of these substances helped reduce a common intestinal parasite called Crithidia bombi in bumble bees. However, it has been brought to our attention by the lead author that this is not true […]

Famous Female Entomologists Part 1: Dame Miriam Rothschild

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This is the first of a five-part series on Famous Female Entomologists, in honor of the 32nd Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (February 28, 2015), the theme of which is Female Entomologists. (Part 2, Part 3, Part Four, Part Five) By Emilie Bess Dame Miriam Rothschild (1908-2005) assumed her position as a woman of great […]

Tom Turpin Talks about Louse Dislodgers, Malaria and Powdered Wigs

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Dr. Tom Turpin, a professor of entomology at Purdue University, was recently interviewed by a local TV station about insect myths and how they originated. In the following video, he discusses the entomological origins of “louse dislodgers” (otherwise known as back-scratchers), perfume (used to purify air in order to protect people from malaria), and powdered […]

Spanish Traders Shipped Tropical Fire Ants Worldwide Nearly 500 Years Ago

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There’s a lot of talk today about foreign insect species being introduced to new regions through international trade and travel, but this is nothing new. One of the best-known cases has to do with honey bees, which were first brought to North America around 1622. Native Americans, who had never seen them before, reportedly referred […]

Nicotine May Protect Bees Against Intestinal Parasites

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally stated that in addition to nicotine, caffeine was also effective. However, as this correction explains, that is not the case. The four substances that WERE found to be effective are nicotine, anabasine, thymol, and catalpol. Sometimes tiny bits of toxic substances can actually be beneficial. In toxicology, this concept is […]

Entomologist Uses Fungus to Manage Bark Beetles

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As Arizona and other western states face ongoing drought conditions, the region’s pine forests are becoming more vulnerable to bark beetles, which attack and kill stressed trees, increasing wildfire danger. Dr. Rich Hofstetter, an entomologist at Northern Arizona University, is working with a fungus that kills the beetles. “We have isolated particular strains and are […]

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