A Post-Election Washington D.C.: The ESA Science Policy Fellows’ Perspective

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By Johanna Elsensohn on behalf of the 2014 and 2015 Science Policy Fellows (Marianne Alleyne, Thomas Anderson, Jamin Dreyer, Kamal Gandhi, Anders Huseth, Rayda Krell, Clare Rittschof, Ariel Rivers, and Helen Spafford) The 2014 and 2015 ESA Science Policy (SP) Fellows visited Washington, D.C., the week after the November election, and one thing was clear: […]

Walking Among Giants in Northwest Thailand

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This post is the first in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who will be chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. “This is my office,” Dr. Robinson says jokingly, slinging his backpack onto his back and mounting his bike with a gesture of […]

Entomology Today Gives Thanks

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Entomology Today will be taking a break over the Thanksgiving holiday, but we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the readers who visit this blog on a regular basis. Whether you’re a practicing entomologist or a non-entomologist with an interest in the fascinating world of insects, we’re glad to have you here. We’d also […]

ACE Crosses the 1,000 Mark

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On Nov. 16, 2016, Rudy Ayala, owner and operator of Spearhead Pest Control in Ventura, CA, passed his Associate Certified Entomologist exam, becoming the 1,000th ACE. Ayala, a U.S. Army veteran and Vice Chair of Pest Control Operators of California in his district, said he pursued ACE as part of his drive toward excellence. “The […]

Which Insecticide Spray Should You Use For Bed Bug Eggs?

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Well, it depends. The efficacy of different insecticide sprays depends on a few different factors, such as which strain of bed bug is being treated, how resistant the strain is to the insecticide being used, and the permeability of the chemicals in relation to the egg shell composition, reports a recent study published in the […]

Ken Raffa Shares His Passion for Working with People to Understand Insects as Agents of Change

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. Click here for Part 1, and click here for Part 2. By Laurel Haavik Ken Raffa has had a storied career. His research has made great strides in advancing current understanding of how insect populations can […]

Scientists Suggest Re-Thinking Which Flea-Borne Bacterium Causes Fevers in Humans

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By Josh Lancette In Southern California over the past five years, there have been nearly 500 cases of flea-borne rickettsioses, more commonly known as flea-borne typhus. Rickettsia felis has become the presumed bacterium causing the fevers, but scientists from the California Department of Public Health think the presumption might be unfounded. Instead, in an article […]

Entomologist Discusses Her Work in STEM Career Podcast

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A podcast aimed at educating young people about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) recently featured an entomologist, Dr. Corrie Moreau of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. The STEMxm podcast focuses on the opportunities available through STEM careers, with a particular focus on women in STEM fields. Most episodes feature individuals working […]

Researchers Model Sensory Integration Using Hawkmoths

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How do the nervous system and the brain integrate visual, auditory, and other stimuli, and which stimuli are prioritized over others? Hawkmoths are helping scientists gain insight into these questions. “Sensory integration remains one of the more interesting tasks that even simple nervous systems accomplish,” said University of Washington biology professor Thomas L. Daniel. “From […]

Tagging Monarch Butterflies Helps Track Their Migration

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By Kevin Fitzgerald Every autumn, the Migration Festival takes place at Lighthouse Point on the seacoast of Connecticut near New Haven. It’s a celebration of flying creatures: birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. This event is a cooperative effort sponsored by the New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Tree Department; New Haven Bird Club; Audubon Connecticut; Menunkatuck Audubon […]