Texas Leafcutting Ant: A Southern Pest That Could Move North

texas leafcutting ant

By Josh Lancette While the term “leafcutting ants” might bring to mind colorful shots in nature documentaries of highways of ants carrying green leaves through tropical forests, the reality of these ants isn’t always so picturesque. For example, the Texas leafcutting ant (Atta texana), is a major pest of pine plantations in Texas and Louisiana […]

The Potential U.S. Economic Cost of a New Sweetgum-Killing Pest

sweetgum inscriber larvae

It’s never too early to work toward preventing the arrival of a potentially destructive invasive species. That’s why researchers at the University of Florida have developed a model to estimate the possible financial cost to the American forestry sector of a newly discovered beetle in China, should it arrive on U.S. shores. The beetle, first […]

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Aaron Pomerantz

Aaron Pomerantz

Aaron Pomerantz’s work in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, includes the exploration of butterfly wing formation, which he showcases in the time-lapse video above, published in March 2017. In the final installment of our three-part series on video communication for entomologists, we hear from Aaron Pomerantz, graduate student at University […]

Forensic Entomology: Where Insects Meet the Law

Calliphoridae fly

By Denise Gemmellaro This is the first part in a series of posts on forensic entomology. Stay tuned for future posts in the coming weeks here on Entomology Today. Thanks to the media exposure it has gained in recent years, the word “forensic” has become a sort of magnet for the curiosity of the general […]

Designing Effective Baits for Spotted Wing Drosophila is No Easy Task

spotted wing drosophila on berry

By John P. Roche Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), is an invasive fruit fly species from eastern Asia, first seen in the United States in 2008. The species is devastating to fruit crops, causing economic losses in the U.S. of hundreds of millions of dollars. Spotted wing drosophila feeds on a wide range of host […]