Letters Home from the 2000 International Congress of Entomology in Brazil

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Editor’s note: The author, Tom Sappington, attended four different International Congresses of Entomology, from 1996-2008, and sent hand-written letters home during each of them. The following, the second part of four, is unedited text from his trip to Florence, Italy for the 1996 Congress. Click here for Part I (1996 in Florence, Italy). By Tom […]

By Recycling Leftover Genes, Beetles Make New Horns and Eyes

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By Viviane Callier Beetle horns are tremendously varied structures, both within and between species: some beetles have them, some don’t. The ones that do have them have evolved many special shapes and sizes. This diversity arises from the reuse of embryonic patterning genes during adulthood, according to two new studies appearing in Journal of Experimental […]

News from the Entomological Collections Management Workshop in Washington, DC

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By Richard Levine An Entomological Collections Management Workshop was held July 18-20, 2016 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The purpose of the workshop, which was co-sponsored by the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and the Entomological Society of America’s Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section, was to train museum curators and others on […]

Got Moths? Celebrate National Moth Week and Global Citizen Science

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By David Moskowitz and Liti Haramaty Spot any underwings lately? These popular moths, known for revealing their true, vibrant colors when their wings are fully spread, will be spotlighted this summer as National Moth Week marks its fifth consecutive year across the U.S and around the world. This year National Moth Week is being held […]

How Do Honey Bees Curl Their Abdomens?

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By Erin Weeks Watch a honey bee wiggle its abdomen on a flower or do the waggle dance in a hive, and you’ll have some idea of the variety of ways in which bees use their hind ends. Thanks to new research published in the Journal of Insect Science, the movement of the many-segmented bee […]

Letters Home from the 1996 International Congress of Entomology in Italy

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Editor’s note: The author, Tom Sappington, attended four different International Congresses of Entomology, from 1996-2008, and sent hand-written letters home during each of them. The following, the first part of four, is unedited text from his trip to Florence, Italy for the 1996 Congress. By Tom Sappington INTRODUCTION As a professional entomologist, I have been […]

A New Species of Ant Found in Cambodia

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A new species of ant has been discovered in Cambodia by researchers from Japan. Its name is Crematogaster indosinensis, and it is described in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. During the researchers’ field surveys, they collected one colony that contained four worker ants of the new species. The new species was described based […]

Here’s How to Prevent Bites and Suppress Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease

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By Hannah Foster The onset of spring and summer means barbecues, camping, hiking, and a plethora of other outdoor activities. However, warmer weather also means ticks. Tick bites spread numerous pathogens that can cause serious diseases. Among these pathogens is the bacterial species Borrelia burgdorferi. The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) carries and transmits B. burgdorferi […]

ESA Announces Finalists for the 2016 YouTube Your Entomology Contest

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Since 2009, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has held a contest called “YouTube Your Entomology,” which invites entomologists to showcase their talents and creativity through video. The popular contest has been featured in the New York Times and other media outlets, and the videos often focus on research, teaching, outreach, and other areas. For […]

Battling Chicken Mites with Bags of Brimstone

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By Meredith Swett Walker The northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) plagues chickens, causing inflammation, anemia, and basically making them itch like the devil. The mites are the most common ectoparasite found on poultry. But researchers from the University of California, Riverside have come up with a diabolically clever way to control the little bloodsuckers — […]