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western cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis indifferens)

Organic Coating Gives Cherries a Chance to Fend Off Fruit Flies

With an organic, food-grade coating sprayed on cherries in the orchard, western cherry fruit flies have difficulty gripping the fruit surface to lay eggs. Ongoing research is fine-tuning the coating formulation in hopes of creating a new tool for integrated pest management in cherries.

hazelnut-feeding weevil species

Saving Nutella: New Guide Details IPM for Weevil Pests in Hazelnut

Hazelnut production is on the rise around the world, and weevils in the genus Curculio are among the crop's most damaging insect pests. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines biology and management strategies for four key hazelnut-feeding weevil species and avenues for future research.

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Study Sheds Light on Origins of Unique Silkworm Strain

Dubbed a "living fossil" by researchers, the Yao silkworm has been domesticated in virtual isolation for a millennium by the Baiku Yao ethnic group in China. New genetic research on the strain finds that the Yao silkworm is a primitive form of the domestic silkworm species Bombyx mori and more distantly related to other wild silkworm species.

Cryptic species of Ormyrus labotus

Hidden Diversity: When One Wasp Species is Actually 16

A tiny parasitoid wasp species, long considered a generalist with more than 65 different host species, is revealed in a new study to actually comprise at least 16 different species, identical in appearance but genetically distinct.

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hazelnut-feeding weevil species

Saving Nutella: New Guide Details IPM for Weevil Pests in Hazelnut

Hazelnut production is on the rise around the world, and weevils in the genus Curculio are among the crop's most damaging insect pests. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines biology and management strategies for four key hazelnut-feeding weevil species and avenues for future research.

Cydalima perspectalis larva

New Guide Highlights IPM for Boxwood Pests

Boxwood is one of the most widely planted landscape plants in North America. However, it is not without management challenges, specifically from arthropod and disease pests. A new article in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management discusses identification, biology, and management of common boxwood pests.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: ESA Member Highlights

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In the past year, numerous Asian American and Pacific Islander entomologists have earned ESA awards, been featured in ESA publications, or served in key volunteer roles. Get to know these members and their accomplishments.

2019 ESA Student Debates

Meet the Committee Working to Grow the Next Generation of Entomologists

Undergraduate and graduate students in entomology and related fields are a vital subset of ESA members, and much of what ESA offers students is developed and designed by student volunteers. Learn more about ESA's Student Affairs Committee, various student activities, and how you can get involved.

western cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis indifferens)

Organic Coating Gives Cherries a Chance to Fend Off Fruit Flies

With an organic, food-grade coating sprayed on cherries in the orchard, western cherry fruit flies have difficulty gripping the fruit surface to lay eggs. Ongoing research is fine-tuning the coating formulation in hopes of creating a new tool for integrated pest management in cherries.

full mosquito collection cup

Mosquito Management in the Era of Extreme Weather

As climate change drives weather trends like intense hurricane seasons, even regions as far north as New England are seeing changes in mosquito populations. A Massachusetts mosquito-control entomologist shares her experience.

black fig fly (Silba adipata)

Black Fig Fly: A New Invasive Pest in California

Black fig fly is a specialized pest of figs native to the Mediterranean region and first reported in the U.S. in 2021, in southern California. This fly is a threat to commercial fig production, and while little is known about it, researchers are now working to improve our knowledge of black fig fly ecology and management.

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