Destructive Beet Flea Beetle Intercepted in Baltimore


A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist confirmed Wednesday that agriculture specialists from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of Baltimore made a first-in-nation pest discovery when they intercepted a live insect known as Chaetocnema breviuscula (Chrysomelidae), a beet flea beetle, while inspecting ceramic tile from Italy. This jumping beetle chews […]

An Interview with Jonathan Larson, Creator of the Arthro-Pod Podcast


In this video, produced by Jeremy Hemberger and Michael Falk, Jonathan Larson talks about the Arthro-Pod podcast at the 2015 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Click here to read more about the podcast.

Help Name a Beetle Species with Spectacular Genitalia After Stephen Colbert


By Michael L. Ferro Amazingly, many animals can only be told apart by their tallywhackers, and there is one that is so amazing that it needs to be named after the man with a million balls: Stephen Colbert. And YOU can support the project that will make this happen at! For whatever reason — […]

Deb Paul Talks About iDigBio at Entomology 2015


If  you’re an entomologist, then you’ve probably heard the acronym “iDigBio” being used here and there, but what the heck does it stand for? Turns out it’s something quite neat and very relevant to entomologists everywhere: iDigBio = Integrated Digitized Biocollections, and it is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the following video, […]

Kiley Friedrich Talks About Plant Diversity and Bee Communities


In this video, which was made by entomology graduate students Jeremy Hemberger and Michael Falk during Entomology 2015 in Minneapolis, Kiley Friedrich (University of Wisconsin-Madison) talks about her poster on how plant community diversity impacts wild and native bee communities.

Using Animation and Music to Teach Science and Entomology


In 2013, Cable Hardin, an assistant professor at South Dakota State University, was part of a team that created animated videos of bed bugs in order to educate the public — including this one of a well-traveled bed bug. And earlier this year, Anthony Dimeglio, a graduate student at Virginia Tech, was involved in a […]

Higher Temperatures Impair Efficacy of Permethrin Insecticide


By Harvey Black The effectiveness of an important mosquito-fighting insecticide may be a casualty of global climate change, according to a recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Two researchers from Montana State University, graduate student Shavonn Whiten and Dr. Robert Peterson, have shown that permethrin becomes less effective at killing the yellowfever mosquito […]

Entomologists Talk About Their Favorite Insects and Why Collections Are Important


Our planet is teeming with multitudes of fascinating insects and there’s simply no time to study them all! Having a favorite one (for whatever reason) often helps narrow the choice down. In the following video, which was shot at the 2015 meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and the Entomological Society of America, Derek […]

A Tick that Feeds on Birds May Increase the Range of Lyme Disease


By Meredith Swett Walker If you have lived in the northeastern United States any time in the last 25 years or so, you have almost certainly heard of Lyme disease. You may have scrutinized odd-looking insect bites, wondering if they are developing the disease’s tell-tale “bulls-eye” rash. And you may have become skilled at distinguishing […]

Students Talk About Three-Minute Presentations at Entomology 2015


Three-minute presentations were a new event at Entomology 2015 (previously, there were only ten-minute presentations). In this video by Tanya Josek, entomology students tell us what they thought of the event.