Fostering a New Generation of Cambodian Entomologists

Cambodian Entomology Initiatives lab team

By Laura Kraft This post is the fourth in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who is chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. Phallin Heang sits down to talk with me about her master’s thesis. The day […]

New Wasp Species Discovered Parasitizing Pests of Pine Trees

Baryscapus dioryctriae is a new species of wasp that parasitizes two moths of the genus Dioryctria, a pest of pine trees in China. (Photo credit: Li-Wen Song, et al)

By Josh Lancette A new parasitoid wasp species, named Baryscapus dioryctriae, has been discovered in China. The new species is known to parasitize larvae of two species of Dioryctria, which are serious pests of pine trees, and was found during a survey looking for natural enemies of Dioryctria pryeri and D. abietella. This finding, published […]

New Federal Report on Aedes Mosquitoes Could Signal Shift in How Zika Virus and Other Pathogens are Researched

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus. A new federal report offers new directions for research and development of mosquito-control efforts.

By Johanna Elsensohn Throughout the world, a single mosquito bite can have one of many consequences: mild infection, severe illness, birth defects, death, or, for the majority of people, just a small, itchy bite mark. Of the greater than 3,500 mosquito species out there, a small percentage have the ability to carry a pathogen that […]

Invasive Species: Entomology’s Role in a Multisector Mission

invasive species - emerald ash borer and kudzu bug

The National Invasive Species Council’s Secretariat ended 2016 with a series of accomplishments that will place the federal government’s future work to address invasive species on solid footing. In nearly back-to-back-to-back events, the NISC Secretariat hosted its first annual Innovation Summit, convened the winter meeting of the non-federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), and supported […]

Perspectives Change While Themes Persist at Different Points Along the Career Path

Annie Ray checking insect trap

Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik The length of a career could be compared to a marathon—an event more about stamina than speed. Yet the starting point for scientists, […]

A Bustling Center of Entomological Research in Laos

Khamsing Vongphayloth

By Laura Kraft This post is the third in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who is chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. While it has only been open about five years, Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL) […]

You’ve Got Ants: New 10-Minute Test Kit Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

red imported fire ant

The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) is an invasive species from South America that is damaging to agriculture and wildlife and known for its painful, venomous sting. That venom, however, is now a promising tool for entomological researchers in fighting back against S. invicta and limiting its spread. Throughout the southeastern United States, shipments […]

Study Finds Lyme Disease in Ticks in Nine U.S. National Parks

blacklegged tick

By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. According to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and […]

Could a Large-Scale Zika Outbreak Occur in the United States?

water storage tanks

By Josh Lancette While recent news cycles in the United States largely have been dominated by election coverage, the threat of Zika remains a concern both locally and globally, with a recent outbreak in Brownsville, Texas, a study finding more than half of Brazilian women are avoiding pregnancy because of Zika, and the CDC sending […]

What Got the Most Buzz in 2016 on Entomology Today?

Aedes aegypti

With the end of the year upon us, Entomology Today will enter a brief diapause over the holidays, and we’ll be back in action on January 3, 2017. So, for our final post of 2016, let’s take a quick look back at some of the most popular entomology news and perspectives shared here this year. […]