Citizen Scientists Collect 29,000 Mosquitoes in Germany and Help Detect Spreading Populations of Invasive Species

Mueckenatlas submission maps

By Edward Ricciuti Armchair scientists nimble enough to catch insect lightning in a jar have helped the professionals map distribution of invasive mosquitoes in Germany—and they even detected three previously unknown populations of Aedes japonicus japonicus, which spreads the West Nile virus. Described in a new paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology, the effort […]

How to Make the Most of Your Time at Entomology 2017

Lina Bernaola and Big Blue Bear

Editor’s Note: As Entomology 2017 approaches, today we continue with the second in a five-part “Students at #EntSoc17” series on Entomology Today, in which members of ESA’s Student Affairs Committee share what fellow student members need to know to be prepared to ignite, inspire, and innovate at Entomology 2017. By Lina Bernaola It’s almost time once […]

Three-Quarters of U.S. Has Suitable Climate for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus Mosquitoes

Aedes aegypti estimated range - CDC

Three-quarters of counties in the contiguous United States present suitable environmental conditions for at least part of the year for either Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes to survive if introduced, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two mosquito species can transmit viruses that cause Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. The […]

Field Tour Gets First-Hand Look at IPM and Pollinator Health in Mississippi

science policy field tour - cotton test plots

By Rayda Krell, Ph.D., and Melissa Willrich Siebert, Ph.D. “Creating a pollinator protection program is like making gumbo,” said Andy Whittington, environmental programs coordinator at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. “You have to start with a good roux, and a good roux has two key ingredients: In this case it was the beekeepers and the […]

New Guide Offers Insights on How to Manage the Forest Tent Caterpillar

forest tent caterpillars on foliage

Extension agents across much of the United States often get questions from homeowners and forest managers about the forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria), and their concerns are understandable. The native pest can cause significant defoliation of a variety of host trees, and they have a habit of forming their cocoons—in great abundance—on tree trunks and […]