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Building a Strong Community: A Key Step in Entomology Student Life

Even pre-pandemic, life as a graduate student in entomology or other scientific fields can make it difficult to build social connections and find one's place in a community. One entomology graduate student shares advice for creating or growing social groups as an important part of a healthy student work-life balance.

Amazing Insects ›

adult cicada and exuvia

Got Cicadas? Take a Picture and Help Entomologists Map Their Arrival

Scientists are looking to the public for help in mapping 17-year cicadas in the massive Brood X due to emerge from the ground this spring in the eastern U.S. The citizen-science effort, powered by a smartphone app, could generate the biggest-ever observation data set in the history of cicada research. Here's how you can participate.

Tetranychus ludeni mite

Flexible Reproduction ‘Mite’ Explain Invasion Success

Spider mites may adapt to uncertain environments by successfully inbreeding and by adjusting reproductive resources, a new study shows. The findings may help entomologists better understand and manage invasions by other haplodiploid arthropods.

eastern subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes)

Funeral or Feast: How Termites Manage Their Dead

In a colony of eastern subterranean termites, as many as 70,000 termites may die every day. Dealing with all those corpses is critical to colony health, and a new study reveals how the primary methods for termite undertakers—burying corpses or eating them—vary by caste.  

Bellura gortynoides caterpillar

The Lepidopteran Life Aquatic

Most people expect to find caterpillars in plants and trees or on the ground, but did you know some moth and butterfly larvae spend their time in aquatic habitats? Here's a look at the lesser-known, water-dwelling contingent of order Lepidoptera.

Science Policy and Outreach ›

and other associates that utilize native species. (Photo by Architect of the Capitol, via Flickr)

Planting a Tree? Choose a Native Species and Save Some Insects

Every invasive tree in the United States was intentionally introduced, and these plants often out-compete native plants while negatively affecting insects and other animals that depend on native species. You can do your part to help insects and protect local ecosystems by choosing native plants in your landscaping plans.

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Vector-Borne Disease: CDC Report Outlines Key Steps for Prevention and Control in U.S.

Perhaps overlooked in the public eye upon its release in September, a new "framework" report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is none the less a vital step forward in the nation's efforts to better support and coordinate the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases. Here's a closer look at the report and what's next in this critical public-health pursuit.

Research News ›

Loggerhead sea turtle, Cumberland Island, Georgia

Ants in the Nest: A Possible Emerging Pressure on Sea Turtles

Red imported fire ants and native ants may depress the emergence of sea turtle hatchlings, especially in nests near dune vegetation. A new study examines the interactions of ants with sea turtle nests and offers recommendations for reducing ant-related risks in sea turtle conservation.

Magicicada septendecim

Brood’s Clues: New Mapping Approach Puts Cicadas in Focus

More than 20 broods of periodical cicadas inhabit the eastern United States, and researchers are refining their mapping of brood ranges with increasing precision at every new emergence. A new report in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America details new advances in mapping cicadas from researchers who studied Brood VI in 2000 and 2017.

The Entomology Profession ›

Group hike

Building a Strong Community: A Key Step in Entomology Student Life

Even pre-pandemic, life as a graduate student in entomology or other scientific fields can make it difficult to build social connections and find one's place in a community. One entomology graduate student shares advice for creating or growing social groups as an important part of a healthy student work-life balance.

emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis)

Online Entomology Outreach: Tips From a Long-Running Program

Emerald Ash Borer University has delivered critical knowledge about EAB and other invasive forest pests via webinar for more than a decade, and lessons learned from that experience can help improve other entomological extension and outreach efforts, as more of them adopt online formats in a post-pandemic world.

blacklegged ticks

Let’s Collaborate: How Entomology Students Can Drive Multidisciplinary Work

Weighty problems like the threat of vector-borne disease require more than just entomological solutions, and students of insect science can be leaders in bringing together research from a variety of fields. One student shares his view on the potential collaborations that students could develop to mitigate the rise of tick-borne disease.

Tetranychus ludeni mite

Flexible Reproduction ‘Mite’ Explain Invasion Success

Spider mites may adapt to uncertain environments by successfully inbreeding and by adjusting reproductive resources, a new study shows. The findings may help entomologists better understand and manage invasions by other haplodiploid arthropods.

Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)

Exciting But Dreadful: New Invasive Forest Pest Arrives in South Carolina

The Asian longhorned beetle, a federally regulated invasive woodboring pest, was recently discovered in South Carolina—hundreds of miles from the nearest known infestation. Federal and state officials are working hard to try to eradicate this pest, and there are many research questions and opportunities associated with this infestation.

and other associates that utilize native species. (Photo by Architect of the Capitol, via Flickr)

Planting a Tree? Choose a Native Species and Save Some Insects

Every invasive tree in the United States was intentionally introduced, and these plants often out-compete native plants while negatively affecting insects and other animals that depend on native species. You can do your part to help insects and protect local ecosystems by choosing native plants in your landscaping plans.

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