Zika Symposium at 2016 International Congress of Entomology


Yesterday at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida in September 2016, international scientists shared the latest research about the Zika virus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Speakers included Dr. Stephen Higgs from Kansas State University, Dr. Brian Foy from Colorado State University, Dr. Constancia Ayres from Fiocruz in Brazil, Dr. Anthony James from […]

Interviews from the Women in Entomology Breakfast at ICE 2016


Laurel Haavik attended the Women in Entomology Breakfast at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology and interviewed other breakfast attendees. The breakfasts began in 1989 and have evolved into a strong part of annual meetings of the Entomological Society of America. Watch the video below: Laurel Haavik is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of […]

Entomologists Talk about Why They’re Attending ICE 2016


The 2016 International Congress of Entomology began yesterday, and in this video, Laurel Haavik, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas, asks attendees why they are attending ICE 2016, the largest gathering of insect scientists in history. The video was shot during the ICE 2016 Welcome Reception. The meeting will run until Friday, September […]

Meet Max Barclay, the Winner of the 2016 ECN Golden Net Award


By Richard Levine Yesterday I got to attend the annual meeting of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN), which is traditionally held just before the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. This time it was held before the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which starts today in Orlando, Florida. This year, the ECN awarded […]

A New Dragonfly Species Discovered in Brazil


By Diogo Vilela My colleagues and I discovered a new species of dragonfly in the genus Erythrodiplax (Odonata: Libellulidae) in southwestern Brazil, and we described it in the journal Zootaxa. We started studying it in 2011 at a palm swamp area in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais State, and after comparing it with several species from the […]

Researchers Discover Four New Mite Species Living Inside Ibis and Spoonbill Feathers


By Meredith Swett Walker If you were to page through a field guide to birds searching for species that look as if they were dreamed up by Dr. Seuss, you’d probably choose some from the family Threskiornithidae, which includes ibises and spoonbills. For instance, the Eurasian spoonbill, a leggy bird that looks like it has […]

Eight New Stiletto Fly Species Discovered in Australia


Two new genera and eight new species of stiletto flies have been discovered in Australia, and are described in the journal ZooKeys. The first new genus is called Sidarena, which “is derived from the Greek Sideros, meaning iron, referring to the broad metallic-grey stripe typically present on the thorax; and arena, referring to its habit […]

Tsetse Flies Are Strange and Dangerous Insects


By Kevin Fitzgerald Tsetse flies are the scourge of Central Africa. The flies are vectors for the disease nagana, also known as African animal trypanosomiasis (AAT), in wild and domestic animals, and a similar disease among humans that is known as sleeping sickness, or human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). The agents of the diseases are trypanosomes, […]

CAMTech: Bridging the Gap Between Industry Needs and Federal and Academic Research for Arthropod Management


By Bryony Bonning and Subba Reddy Palli The Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech) was established in August 2013 by Director Bryony C. Bonning at Iowa State University and co-Director, Subba Reddy Palli at the University of Kentucky. This National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry / University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program was initiated to promote partnerships […]

Dust Baths and Longer Beaks Can Make Cage-free Chickens into Mite-free Chickens


By Meredith Swett Walker Life is improving for America’s chickens. Due to consumers’ increasing interest in animal welfare, large portions of the poultry industry are shifting towards less restrictive housing. Many poultry farmers are replacing the conventional conjoined small wire cages, called “battery cages,” with cage-free housing in large open poultry houses. Cage-free housing gives […]