Dr. Tom Baker Talks About Harry Shorey, a Pioneer in Pheromone Biology

At the 2015 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Dr. Tom Baker (Penn State University) delivered the Founders’ Memorial Lecture. The Founders’ Memorial Award was established in 1958 to honor the memory of scientists who made outstanding contributions to entomology. Each year at ESA’s Annual Meeting, the recipient of the award delivers the […]

Cocooned Wasp Larvae Jump to Find Cool Spots, and to Protect Themselves

The larvae of a parasitoid wasp called Bathyplectes anurus are known to spin cocoons and jump five centimeters while inside of them. Now scientists may have discovered why, according to a paper published in The Science of Nature. It seems like they jump to find a shady spot. Lead researcher Yoriko Saeki and her team […]

Hundred-Million-Year-Old Beetle Provides Clues to the Past

About 100 million years ago in present-day Myanmar, a tiny beetle flew into a coniferous tree and became engulfed in its resin. Over time, the resin fossilized into amber — with the beetle fully encased — resulting in one of the most spectacularly preserved ancient beetle specimens yet described. “For a beetle taxonomist and for […]

New giant Stink Bug Named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Ancalagon the Black

By Eduardo Faúndez A few months ago here at North Dakota State University’s Systematic Entomology Laboratory, we named an insect Planois smaug after J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous creature Smaug the Dragon. We chose that particular name because the specimens of Planois smaug were ‘sleeping’ in collections for about 60 years, like Tolkiens’ creature, and […]

Termite Experts Attempt to Solve Taxonomic Cold Cases

By Richard Levine Coptotermes is one of the most economically destructive genera of termites, and it includes the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus). For years, taxonomists have struggled with a long list of described species around the world. As some species were described multiple time, species names were gradually removed from the list, which was […]