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 […]

May Berenbaum Elected as Future President of the Entomological Society of America


Dr. May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), was recently elected Vice President-Elect of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). After serving as VP-Elect in 2014, she will be Vice President in 2015 and then ESA President in 2016, the same year that ESA […]

Remote-Controlled Cockroaches and Moths


An assistant professor at North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt, has developed a way to remotely control insects, just as one can remotely control toy cars or helicopters. Beginning with a Madagascar hissing cockroach, he created a “biobot.” “We implant electrodes in the muscles and the sensory organs of the insects,” Bozkurt said. “We […]

Discovery May Lead to “Anti-Viagra” for Insects


Kansas State University entomologists have helped identify a neuropeptide named natalisin that regulates the sexual activity and reproductive ability of insects. Using a genetic tool called RNA interference, or RNAi, the researchers looked at what happened when natalisin was silenced or knocked out from the insects’ brains. They found that the absence of natalisin in […]

New Wasp Species Discovered in Taiwan Lays Eggs Inside Damselfly Eggs


Entomologists from National Taiwan University have found a new species of wasp that lays its eggs inside the eggs of damselflies. When the larvae hatch, they use the damselfly eggs for nourishment. The authors also observed the tiny adult female wasps, which are only 1.2 mm in length, gathering near the abdomens of the damselflies, […]

Dung Beetles are Saving the World from Global Warming


Cattle contribute to global warming by burping and farting large amounts of greenhouse gases. Some of the same gases are also emitted from cow manure on pastures. But now researchers from the University of Helsinki have found that beetles living in cow manure may reduce emissions of the key greenhouse gas — methane. Agriculture is […]