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Is That a Gall Wasp? Now You Can Find Out

A new key to Cynipoidea, a superfamily of at least 3,000 species of wasps, published in the journal Insect Systematics and Diversity, promises to open up new avenues for research on and management of gall wasps and their relatives.

Calliphora vicina

Advanced Mass Spectrometry Method Could Give Forensic Entomologists Faster Fly IDs

Identifying the species of blow flies that colonize a corpse is a critical step in forensic entomology investigations, but it typically requires rearing collected fly larvae to adults first. However, a new "real time" method for conducting mass spectrometry could allow maggot specimens to be analyzed and identified in a matter of minutes—even up to six species at a time from the same sample.

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What It’s Like to Be a Graduate Student in Entomology

Know someone who is studying to be an entomologist? From the lab to the field, to the conference to the classroom, here's a glimpse into the life of an entomology graduate student. Or: If you're an entomology student yourself, share this article to give family and friends a look into your chosen pursuit.

Nipaecoccus viridis on citrus

Here We Go Again: Another Invasive Pest in Florida Citrus

The mealybug species Nipaecoccus viridis, known as the lebbeck mealybug, is originally from Asia and was first found in Florida back in 2009, but in late 2018 it was found infesting citrus groves in the state. The author of a new report in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management discusses the implications of its arrival and the management options that are currently available and under evaluation.

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Phrictus quinqueparitus planthopper

Photographing Insects in the Field: Know Your Equipment

Two experienced insect macrophotographers share their tips for both entomologists and photography enthusiasts alike on how to select the right equipment to take great photos of insects and other arthropods in their natural settings.

Study Details Mechanics of Flea Beetles’ Big Jumps

The tribe of leaf beetles known for their incredible jumping strength use a powerful catapult-like mechanism to spring away from looming predators. A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists illustrate the biomechanics of these beetles' jumps in a new study and say the findings could hold lessons for bio-inspired robotics.

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Learning at Home With Bugs

Stuck at home with kids because of COVID-19? Check out this list of suggestions from bug experts about what you can do to keep kids engaged and learning.

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Fantastic Bugs and Where to Find Them (Hint: Chicago)

Entomologist Ryan Gott returns with another insect-attraction review, this time on the "Fantastic Bug Encounters!" exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, which showcases the diversity of arthropods, the mysteries of their habits, and their ingenious adaptations.

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Nipaecoccus viridis on citrus

Here We Go Again: Another Invasive Pest in Florida Citrus

The mealybug species Nipaecoccus viridis, known as the lebbeck mealybug, is originally from Asia and was first found in Florida back in 2009, but in late 2018 it was found infesting citrus groves in the state. The author of a new report in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management discusses the implications of its arrival and the management options that are currently available and under evaluation.

Suchitra Dara

How One Aspiring Scientist is Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

Suchitra Dara got an early look at a career in science while helping out in her father's entomology lab during her K-12 years. Now the soon-to-be college student reflects on how that experience shaped her future aspirations and says hands-on science experiences could guide more young students along the path to STEM careers.

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