ESC/ESO 150th Anniversary Joint Annual Meeting

Originally posted on ESC-SEC Blog:
By Gary Umphrey, University of Guelph & President of ESC-ESO 2013 JAM Organizing Committee ——— Greetings Fellow Entomological Enthusiast: I wish to draw your attention to the following photo, which is of the participants at the Entomological Society of Ontario’s 50th Anniversary meeting, held in Guelph Aug 27-29, 1913. Yes,…

Video Profile of the Asparagus Miner Fly

This video by Rob Morrison, a Ph.D student at Michigan State University, profiles the asparagus miner, a stem-mining fly that attacks newly planted asparagus fields and can vector disease-causing fungi which can shorten the lifespan of an asparagus field by five to eight years. This video was submitted to the Outreach Category for the 2013 […]

DNA Analysis Finds New Diamondback Moth Species in Australia

The tiny diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) gets its common name from the array of diamond shapes along the margin of its forewing. Despite their diminutive size, the caterpillars of the diamondback moth exert tremendous damage on many crops including cabbage, broccoli, and crucifers at large. More than $1 billion is spent globally each year in […]

Out of Africa: More Strange Flies

Originally posted on Lyman Entomological Museum:
Preamble: The fly family Chloropidae (the frit flies or grass flies or eye gnats) is one of the most geographically widespread, abundant, species-rich, and ecologically diverse families of flies on Earth. Although almost 3000 species have been described, and some species are pests of crops, livestock and humans, we…

What You Really Need to Know about the 2013 Cicada Invasion

By Tracy Leskey Want to see people’s eyebrows raise? Tell them you are en entomologist, aka someone who studies bugs, in the summer of the “cicada invasion.” According to the Peterson’s A Field Guide to the Insects, “Entomologists fall into two categories: those who find insects endlessly fascinating and those who would get rid of […]