Stink Bugs Invading Homes Before Winter


The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive insect from Asia, was first collected in the U.S. in Allentown, PA in 1998. Since then it has spread to more than 40 states. The BMSB damages fruits and vegetables and costs farmers millions of dollars each year. They are also a nuisance for home owners in […]

Macrophotography Webinar with Sam Droege, USGS


By now you’ve probably seen the incredible insect photos taken by Sam Droege of the United Sates Geological Survey, since they’ve been featured in articles by National Public Radio, Popular Photography Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, and many others. If somehow you missed them, click here to see them on Flickr. Or click here to look […]

Can Beetles Make Good Mothers?


A new study provides a rare glimpse into how certain beetles actually protect their young by showing explicit signs of maternal instincts and care. An international team of scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Centro Universitário de Lavras, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, and Université libre de Bruxelles looked into the complex subsocial behaviors […]

Baby Spiders are Flying Across Northern Texas


Recent news reports have been surfacing about silky strings floating through the air of northern Texas. As it turns out, the strings are the products of young, migrating spiders that are “ballooning” to find new homes. “There’s some that produce a ball like a balloon, and there’s some they call tent spiders because they create […]

An Update on Honeygate


Earlier this year, five people and two honey-processing companies were charged for what is now known as HoneyGate. In order to avoid paying tariffs that the U.S. government had imposed on Chinese honey, the defendants transited honey from China through other countries and mislabeled it to make it appear as if it came from Indonesia, […]

Washington State Prisoners Raise and Release Monarch Butterflies


Some recent news article describe how prison inmates in Washington State are participating in a program that helps track the migration of monarch butterflies. The prisoners, who call themselves “the butterfly wranglers,” raise the insects from the egg stage, then they tag them and release them into the wild. David James, an associate professor of […]

Entomophagy News – Sour Cream & Onion Dung Beetles, Anyone?


A few newspaper articles published today cover different aspects of entomophagy, otherwise known as eating insects. First, the Montreal Gazette has an article about five students at McGill University who are trying to find a way to farm insects cheaply so that they can be a viable source of food. The plan is to provide […]

Co-Discoverer of Lyme Disease Dies at Age 79


Stephen Malawista, one of the discoverers of Lyme disease, died Wednesday at age 79. Malawista and his research team are credited with discovering Lyme disease in the 1970s and with helping to show that the tick-borne illness could be treated with antibiotics. The first cases occurred in the Connecticut towns of Lyme and Old Lyme […]

Funny Friday: Entomologists Making Fun of Themselves in Videos


Just like any almost every other group of individuals, entomologists are often stereotyped. But it is hard to deny that they have a sense of humor, which is often self-deprecating as they poke fun at their own interests, occupations and the very stereotypes associated with them. This video by Jessica Hartshorn, a graduate student at […]

New Lens Combines Human and Insect Vision for Wide-Angle Views


A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. This could lead to smartphones that rival the photo quality of digital cameras, and surgical imaging that enables doctors to see inside the human body like […]