Oldest Rove Beetle in the Omaliini Tribe Found in French Amber

An international team of scientists from Spain, France, and the U.S. has discovered and described a rove beetle that is the oldest definitive member of the tribe Omaliini that has ever been found in amber. The discovery and description were made possible through the use of the propagation phase-contrast X-ray synchrotron imaging technique, which allows […]

New Pygmy Locust Discovered in Ancient Amber, Named after David Attenborough

A pygmy locust — a tiny grasshopper the size of a rose thorn that lived 18-20 million years ago and fed on moss, algae, and fungi — has been discovered in 20-million-year-old amber that was found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago. Scientists are still examining the amber collection, which will take […]

Periodical Cicadas in Iowa, Summer of 2014

This summer, I found myself back in my home state of Iowa, where I had the privilege of witnessing the emergence of the periodical cicadas. In some areas of Iowa, the only thing that can be heard is the buzzing from an amazing number of male cicadas. Periodical cicadas in the genus Magicicada are unique […]

New Species of Mayfly Discovered in India

Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India. The new species, called Labiobaetis soldani, “is named in honor of Dr. […]

Entomology 2014 is Just Four Months Away

Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), is less than four months away. ESA meetings typically have more than 3,000 attendees, which is probably the largest gathering of insect scientists anywhere in the world. In order to get ready for the meeting, they’ve made a couple of videos that […]