2013 ESA YouTube Your Entomology Contest

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ESA has begun accepting entries for the 2013 YouTube Your Entomology Video Contest. For the fifth year in a row, this contest gives ESA members the opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity through video. Members may submit entries in four different categories: * Discovery (research focus) * Instruction (teaching focus, academic audience) * Outreach […]

Scientists Use a Virus to Control House Flies

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Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service’s Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE) in Gainesville, Florida have found a promising biological control agent—-salivary gland hypertrophy virus (SGHV). Once infected with the virus, female flies do not produce eggs, and male flies do not mate. “The salivary glands become huge, ovaries remain small, and the […]

Using Beans to Take on Bed Bugs

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For hundreds of years, people have placed kidney bean leaves near their beds and pillows to stop bed bugs from biting them. However, they weren’t quite sure how or why this was effective. Now scientists have discovered that the leaves have tiny, little spikes that impale the bed bugs’ feet, trapping them in place. This […]

Neonics, Mites, and CCD

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about neonicotinoid pesticides and their effects on honey bees and their possible role in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), with some groups calling for banning them. However, Canada and Australia use neonicotinoids but have not experienced CCD. In this article, “Science Collapse Disorder — The Real Story Behind Neonics […]

ESA’s Southwestern Branch Meeting is Subject of TV News Report and Newspaper Article

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The Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America held its Annual Meeting February 25-28, 2013 in Las Cruces, NM. The meeting began with an Insect Expo, which brought more than 1,200 local school children to learn about insects. The Las Cruces Sun-News featured the Expo on their front page in an article called “Insect […]