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Unexpected Treasure: The Entomological Value of Bycatch Examination

The research director of a busy mosquito control district reports on the scientific discoveries made over years of examining bycatch in mosquito surveillance traps—and makes the case for bycatch as an underutilized resource with the potential to fill knowledge gaps that impede invertebrate conservation efforts.

Rhynchophorus palmarum

Long-Distance Palm Weevil Flyers Threaten California Date Palms

Lab testing of the flight capability of the weevil Rhynchophorus palmarum shows some "super-flyers" can fly more than 100 kilometers in 24 hours. With the species appearing recently on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the findings are a concern for California's $100 million date palm industry.

mockingbird

Birds, Bugs, and Agriculture: Is It a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird?

Do birds benefit crops by eating pest insects? Or are birds the pests for eating those very crops themselves? A new review in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management examines the latest science on understanding how birds impact farm fields and how they factor into IPM programs.

Suchitra Dara

How One Aspiring Scientist is Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

Suchitra Dara got an early look at a career in science while helping out in her father's entomology lab during her K-12 years. Now the soon-to-be college student reflects on how that experience shaped her future aspirations and says hands-on science experiences could guide more young students along the path to STEM careers.

Mikeius hartigi wasp

Is That a Gall Wasp? Now You Can Find Out

A new key to Cynipoidea, a superfamily of at least 3,000 species of wasps, published in the journal Insect Systematics and Diversity, promises to open up new avenues for research on and management of gall wasps and their relatives.

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Phrictus quinqueparitus planthopper

Photographing Insects in the Field: Know Your Equipment

Two experienced insect macrophotographers share their tips for both entomologists and photography enthusiasts alike on how to select the right equipment to take great photos of insects and other arthropods in their natural settings.

Study Details Mechanics of Flea Beetles’ Big Jumps

The tribe of leaf beetles known for their incredible jumping strength use a powerful catapult-like mechanism to spring away from looming predators. A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists illustrate the biomechanics of these beetles' jumps in a new study and say the findings could hold lessons for bio-inspired robotics.

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Learning at Home With Bugs

Stuck at home with kids because of COVID-19? Check out this list of suggestions from bug experts about what you can do to keep kids engaged and learning.

Field Museum of Natural History

Fantastic Bugs and Where to Find Them (Hint: Chicago)

Entomologist Ryan Gott returns with another insect-attraction review, this time on the "Fantastic Bug Encounters!" exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, which showcases the diversity of arthropods, the mysteries of their habits, and their ingenious adaptations.

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bycatch samples

Unexpected Treasure: The Entomological Value of Bycatch Examination

The research director of a busy mosquito control district reports on the scientific discoveries made over years of examining bycatch in mosquito surveillance traps—and makes the case for bycatch as an underutilized resource with the potential to fill knowledge gaps that impede invertebrate conservation efforts.

Suchitra Dara

How One Aspiring Scientist is Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

Suchitra Dara got an early look at a career in science while helping out in her father's entomology lab during her K-12 years. Now the soon-to-be college student reflects on how that experience shaped her future aspirations and says hands-on science experiences could guide more young students along the path to STEM careers.

bycatch samples

Unexpected Treasure: The Entomological Value of Bycatch Examination

The research director of a busy mosquito control district reports on the scientific discoveries made over years of examining bycatch in mosquito surveillance traps—and makes the case for bycatch as an underutilized resource with the potential to fill knowledge gaps that impede invertebrate conservation efforts.

Nipaecoccus viridis on citrus

Here We Go Again: Another Invasive Pest in Florida Citrus

The mealybug species Nipaecoccus viridis, known as the lebbeck mealybug, is originally from Asia and was first found in Florida back in 2009, but in late 2018 it was found infesting citrus groves in the state. The author of a new report in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management discusses the implications of its arrival and the management options that are currently available and under evaluation.

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