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ESA Announces Finalists for the 2016 YouTube Your Entomology Contest

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 the 2016 contest, 43 videos were submitted, and the ESA judges recently selected five finalists. A winner and a runner-up will be announced in September at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida. All finalists will receive a Stinger Award. In addition, the winner will receive $400 and the runner-up will receive $200.

    The five finalists and their videos are:

“Benefits of Planting Flowers for Bees”
By Katharina Ullmann (UC Davis) and Emily May (Xerces Society)

“Black Cutworm Adult Trapping”
By Erin Hodgson, Adam Sisson, and Brandon Kleinke
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

“How Butterflies Create Color & Microscopy in the Field”
By Aaron Pomerantz, University of California, Berkeley

“Pollination: Trading Food for Fertilization in 3 Minutes”
By Linda S. Rayor (Cornell) and Carol Jennings (Park Productions)

“The Simplicity of Basic Insecticide Resistance Management Principles and Strategies”
By IRAC and CropLife

Click here for all of the 43 video submissions for the 2016 contest.

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit

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