Ladybugs Swarming in Southeastern U.S.


Ladybug swarms have been reported recently in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Maryland, among other states, as the insects have been invading houses and other structures as they search for a warm place to stay over winter. Their populations are also high this year due to abundant food sources, so in some cases these cute little […]

Two New Species of Slug Moths Discovered in China and Taiwan


The representatives of the Limacodidae moth family are widely known as slug moths due to the resemblance of their stunningly colored caterpillars to slug species. Within this popular family the Parasa undulata group is perhaps one of the most intriguing, due to the beautiful green wing pattern typical for those species. In a recent revision, […]

The ESA National Meeting Approaches


By Gwen Pearson The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America is the largest insect meeting in the world. There are usually about 3,000 insect scientists of all kinds, from every continent except Antarctica.  Talks start at 8:00 AM and run until 9:00 PM at night. For four days. By the end you just […]

An Interview with Gwen Pearson, the Entomologist Formerly Known as Bug Girl


For nearly a decade Gwen Pearson assumed the secret identity of Bug Girl, an entomologist who blogged about insects, science, popular culture, and other topics. Now she’s come out of the cocoon, and she’s blogging for WIRED Magazine using her real name. She will also be writing guest columns for Entomology Today. Be sure to […]

For the Love of Science Communication


This is part two in a series from the Broaden Your Impact blog on science communication skills, and why it’s important. You can see the first part here. The bloggers at Broaden Your Impact will be speaking at Entomology 2013, the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, in Austin, Texas in a symposium […]

New Ant Species in the Genus Paratrechina has been Discovered


Long considered to be one of the most species-rich ant genera, latest research has stripped the ant genus Paratrechina down to a single species — Paratrechina longicornis. This particular ant is one of the most widely distributed, found in nearly every tropical and subtropical location on the planet due to accidental human transport, and is […]

Reports from Canadian Entomology Meeting


Sean McCann, a biology student and amateur photographer, recently blogged about the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Ontario and the Entomological Society of Canada. His blog post includes lots of great photos and highlights of the meeting. Click here for Sean’s report. And Crystal Ernst, also known as “The Bug Geek” (follow […]

Biological Control to Manage Stink Bugs


“Biological control” is a way of managing pests by using natural predators. In this blog, we’ve written about how some wasps parasitize caterpillars by laying eggs inside them, and how scientists in California are using wasps to control insects attacking citrus trees. We’ve also written about scientists using insects to control invasive plant species, and […]

Tick Collector: Expecting the Unexpected on an Undergraduate Tropical Field Course


By Dr. Zen Lewis I was very interested to read the blog post about Tony Goldberg’s tick experience in Kibale, in which he found a new tick species in his nose. Who would have thought that the ticks I had removed from my student Steph, which I’m convinced are identical or similar to the […]

Cockroach Farms Catching on in China


In August, we read media reports about a million cockroaches escaping from a Chinese farm. Now an article in the Los Angeles Times reports that cockroach farming may be more widespread than previously thought. According to the article, there are more than 100 cockroach farms in China. The species of choice is the American cockroach, […]