Letters Home from the 1996 International Congress of Entomology

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Editor’s note: The author, Tom Sappington, attended four different International Congresses of Entomology, from 1996-2008, and sent hand-written letters home during each of them. The following, the first part of four, is unedited text from his trip to Florence, Italy for the 1996 Congress. By Tom Sappington INTRODUCTION As a professional entomologist, I have been […]

A New Species of Ant Found in Cambodia

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A new species of ant has been discovered in Cambodia by researchers from Japan. Its name is Crematogaster indosinensis, and it is described in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. During the researchers’ field surveys, they collected one colony that contained four worker ants of the new species. The new species was described based […]

Here’s How to Prevent Bites and Suppress Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease

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By Hannah Foster The onset of spring and summer means barbecues, camping, hiking, and a plethora of other outdoor activities. However, warmer weather also means ticks. Tick bites spread numerous pathogens that can cause serious diseases. Among these pathogens is the bacterial species Borrelia burgdorferi. The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) carries and transmits B. burgdorferi […]

ESA Announces Finalists for the 2016 YouTube Your Entomology Contest

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Since 2009, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has held a contest called “YouTube Your Entomology,” which invites entomologists to showcase their talents and creativity through video. The popular contest has been featured in the New York Times and other media outlets, and the videos often focus on research, teaching, outreach, and other areas. For […]

Battling Chicken Mites with Bags of Brimstone

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By Meredith Swett Walker The northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) plagues chickens, causing inflammation, anemia, and basically making them itch like the devil. The mites are the most common ectoparasite found on poultry. But researchers from the University of California, Riverside have come up with a diabolically clever way to control the little bloodsuckers — […]

Cases of Dengue Drop 91 Percent Due to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

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By Richard Levine Once again, a technique that modifies insects in order to control their populations has been proven effective. RIDL, which stands for Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal, has been applied to diamondback moths, Mediterranean fruit flies, and olive flies, and it has been used in field trials on mosquitoes in order […]

Three New Species of Flesh Flies Found in Brazil and Argentina

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Two new species of flies in the family Sarcophagidae, which are commonly known as flesh flies because some of them deposit maggots into the wounds of animals, have been discovered in Brazil, and another new species has been found in Argentina. All three belong to the genus Lipoptilocnema, and are described in an article in […]

New Assassin Bug Species Discovered in Museum Collections and in the Field

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As many as 24 assassin bugs that are new to science were discovered and described by Dr. Guanyang Zhang and his colleagues. In their article, published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal, they describe the new insects along with another 47 assassin bugs in the same genus. To do this, the scientists examined more […]

Infrared Photography Shows Tsetse Fly Development from Pupa to Adult

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By Ed Ricciuti Researchers employing near infrared still photographs and time-lapse video have peered into the pupa of the living tsetse fly and for the first time have watched its development unfold from its start as a larva to its completion and emergence as an adult. The research is described in the Journal of Insect […]

Who, What, and Where Do Mosquitoes Bite?

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By Cameron Webb Mosquitoes bite. They need to bite. Female mozzies require the nutritional hit of a bloodmeal to develop eggs. The blood can come from many different animals. Some mosquitoes are fussy with highly specific tastes, while others will feed on whoever, or whatever, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Understanding […]

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