Black Soldier Flies as Recyclers of Waste and Possible Livestock Feed


By Harvey Black If black soldier fly larvae could enter competitive eating contests, they would excel, especially when it comes to eating nasty stuff that we don’t want around or wouldn’t think of eating ourselves. Then, after the larvae had eaten, they could be recycled as feed for livestock, although the U.S. Food and Drug […]

Entomologists Meet Policymakers in Washington, DC


In October 2014, the Entomological Society of America formed a Science Policy Fellows program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The plan was to select five entomologist and teach them about how science policy and science funding decisions are made at the federal level, and to […]

Predatory Wasp and Giant Walkingstick Among Top New Species for 2015


By Harvey Black A nasty wasp and a giant walkingstick have been named to the annual Top 10 New Species for 2015. The list is compiled by taxonomic specialists under the auspices of the International Institute of Species Exploration of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York. The […]

Brown Dog Ticks are Resistant to Permethrin, Study Finds


Dogs and their owners who battle the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) sometimes go to desperate measures to control them. Brown dog ticks can complete their life cycle inside people’s homes — unlike most ticks, which spend most of their lives outside. One female brown dog tick can lay up to 5,000 eggs in its […]

Two New Pillbugs Discovered in Los Angeles


A Los Angeles class fieldtrip has led to the discovery of a new species of marine pillbug (Crustacea: Isopoda). While documenting that new species, a second new species of pillbug originally collected 142 years ago by biologists on a wooden sailing ship in Alaska was also discovered in a collection room at the Natural History […]

Behold the Hippoboscidae: Bizzare Biting Flies that Give Live Birth!


By Meredith Swett Walker The Hippoboscidae, commonly known as “louse flies” or “keds,” are a family of rather bizarre flies that are probably more familiar to ornithologists, sheep ranchers, and equestrians than they are to most entomologists. You are unlikely to see one unless you have a bird in your hand, or are grooming a […]

New Book on Everything You Need to Know About Good Bugs in Your Garden


A new book called Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficial Predatory Insects by Dr. Mary Gardiner, an entomologist at Ohio State University, offers gardeners an easy-to-follow reference on beneficial insects that provide pest control by eating the bad bugs in the garden. Wildlife in the garden — especially insects — can […]

TickSpotters Can Help You Identify Ticks and Learn How to Protect Yourself


By Hannah Foster Oh no! You’ve found a tick! Who ya gonna call? TICKSPOTTERS! Maybe ticks haven’t started popping up in your neighborhood yet, but they probably will soon. That’s why it’s important to have what I like to call an “Emergency Tick Protocol,” or ETP. Here’s an example of a typical ETP I used […]

Trap-jaw Ants Use Mandibles Not Only to Attack, But to Escape


Some species of trap-jaw ants may use their spring-loaded mandibles to hurl themselves out of harm’s way when an ant-trapping predator stalks them, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE by Fredrick Larabee and Andrew Suarez from the University of Illinois. This dramatic maneuver doubles the ants’ survival when other escape methods […]

Students Play Role of Crime Scene Investigators in Forensic Entomology Course


By Harvey Black You are called to investigate a body that was discovered on the side of the ski trail Caper at Killington Resort. It was discovered after some hikers noticed a faint odor. When they investigated, they found the body of a woman that was very decomposed. You are called to investigate another scene […]


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