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 […]

Survey of Praying Mantises in Rwanda Uncovers Rich Diversity


A college student working at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History was lead author on the first formal survey of praying mantises in Rwanda, which revealed a 155 percent increase in praying mantis species diversity for the African country. Riley Tedrow, a Case Western Reserve University graduate student pursuing field research for the museum, participated […]

Entomologists Instruct Teachers on How to Use Insects in the Classroom


By Josh Lancette – “People with tarantulas have more fun.” – “When you have an insect, you have people’s attention.” – “Those cookies you just ate? They were made with crickets.” These are not phrases one hears every day, but they were par for the course at STEMbugs, a one-day teacher’s workshop hosted by the […]

Be Prepared for the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly, Entomologists Warn


By Ed Ricciuti The Scout Motto is the best advice for pest managers who want to establish a first line of defense against problematic invasive insects even before they become established, according to Dr. Surendra Dara, an IPM and crop advisor at the University of California. “Be Prepared,” is what he and his co-authors suggest […]

Interview with Entomology Graduate Student Peter Meng on Publishing in JIPM


By Richard Levine As an entomology graduate student at Penn State University, Peter Meng co-authored an article on the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) that was published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM). JIPM is an open-access, peer-reviewed, extension journal that is intended to help farmers, growers, and others implement IPM practices. The […]

Humans and Mites Evolved Together, and People from Different Regions Host Different Mite Lineages


Scientists have discovered a universal human truth about our bodies: they all, without exception, have mites. A new study explores the face mite species Demodex folliculorum, using genetic testing to link the microscopic animal’s evolution to our own ever-evolving human story. By zooming in on a type of genetic material called mitochondrial DNA in mite […]