Vulnerability Found in the Malaria Parasite


An international team of scientists has identified a key metabolic enzyme that common malaria parasites require for survival at each stage of infection in humans. The findings raise the possibility of a new approach to combating malaria, one of the world’s deadliest diseases. The study was published in the online edition of the journal Nature. […]

Navy Entomologists are Blasting Away Bugs


The U.S. Navy Entomology Center of Excellence is the Navy and Marine Corps center of expertise for operational entomology. They develop and evaluate novel products and application technologies to better protect deployed forces from insects that carry diseases, and they provide health protection through operational disease vector surveillance and control to enhance Navy and Marine […]

Insects on the Thanksgiving Menu in New Orleans


Today at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans, insects are on the Thanksgiving menu. The feast, dubbed “Bug Appetit,” includes turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing, wax worm cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with a crispy cricket topping. The text on their website says, “Get ready for a fun-filled Hoppy Thanksgiving at […]

Scientists Offer Recommendations for Delaying Resistance to Bt Corn in Western Corn Rootworm


Corn that contains proteins that protect it from insect damage has been grown in the U.S. since the mid-1990s. Known as Bt corn, because the proteins are derived from a bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, these plants have been widely grown by farmers. While Bt corn has been highly effective against the European corn borer, it […]

Can Trained Bees Detect Cancer in Patients?


Back in 2006, Science Daily ran an article about two scientists who were using wasps to detect drugs, explosives, toxic chemicals, and other substances. Five years later in 2011, Dr. Joe Lewis, a retired research entomologist at the University of Georgia in Athens, and Dr. Glen Rains, a biological and agricultural engineer, were featured in […]

My Bug Family Reunion


By Jamin Dreyer Soggy sneakers from falling in the lake. Dutch food. Old hymns. People that know you, but you don’t know them. These nuggets are imprinted in my childhood memory from the Zandstra family reunions that I was dragged to as a child. Twenty-five years ago, my nuclear family plus my grandma would pile […]

Tiny Black Insects Invading North Texas


News reports from northern Texas claim that tiny black insects called hackberry nipple gall makers — also known as hackberry gall psyllids — are swarming around cars, homes and people. “They are really just a nuisance. They’ve come out over winter. Once the leaves start falling it stirs them up,” according to a pest control […]

Video Roundup of Entomology 2013 in Austin


This video by Ryan Perry, a student at the University of California, Riverside, features the music, the food, the parties, and the insects at Entomology 2013: Thanks to Ryan, Derek Hennen, Derek Woller, Joseph Alfonso, Justin Bredlau, and Ricardo Mariño-Pérez for recording and editing videos during the meeting.

Discussing First Impressions with ESA Veterans at Entomology 2013


By Joseph Alfonso With so many things, first impressions are incredibly important and the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America is no exception (click here for my earlier post about my first ESA meeting). After the waves of excitement and nervousness subsided on my second day, I wanted to speak with others about […]

Pâté and Beaujolais at Entomology 2013 in Austin


By Karla Addesso On a cold, windy night in Austin, I was kidnapped by a swarm of eccentric entomologists. Well, alright, “kidnapped” might be a tad inaccurate. It would be more correct to say I was invited out to dinner. It started out casually enough when I met up with a guy we’ll call Phil […]