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Invasive Insect Species: A Round-Up of Tools and Resources

brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest

The invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), native to Asia, arrived in the United States in 1998. (Photo credit: Susan Ellis,

As National Invasive Species Awareness Week continues, here at Entomology Today we’ve rounded up a variety of resources on invasive insect species that will help you get more informed or that you can use to educate others.


“Invasive Species” video. Winner of the “Instruction” category of the 2012 Entomological Society of America (ESA) YouTube Your Entomology contest, the video below by Ellen Schofield and David Andow of the University of Minnesota is a great primer for anyone new to the subject of invasive species.

Entomology Today archive: invasive species. Invasive insects are a major subject for entomologists, and as new invasive species appear or new ways of battling them arise, Entomology Today has been on the case. Check out the invasive species topic archive at Entomology Today.

Invasive species research. The ESA family of academic journals is a hub for research on all things entomology, including invasive insects. Dig deep into invasive species research in ESA’s journals.

National Invasive Species Council. Housed within the United States Department of the Interior, the National Invasive Species Council “provides the high-level vision and leadership necessary to sustain and expand federal efforts to safeguard interests of the United States by preventing, eradicating, and controlling invasive species.” Also see Entomology Today‘s recent interview with NISC Executive Director Jamie K. Reaser, Ph.D.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week toolkit. The Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, which organizes NISAW, offers its own toolkit of links, resources, and recommendations for combating invasive species. See NISAW’s “Nine Ways You Can Help” toolkit.

Debate: Is “invasive” the wrong term? At the 2014 ESA Annual Meeting, a topic at the yearly student debate competition examined whether to end “invasion biology” and replace it with “the ecology of species redistribution.” The arguments on both sides of that debate were published in the Summer 2016 issue of American Entomologist: “2014 Student Debates: Management Strategies-Solutions to Grand Challenges.”

The Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology. Invasive species are identified as one of three insect-related “grand challenges” faced by the global human population and to which the field of entomology must rise to address. Learn more about how leaders in entomology are envisioning the field’s role in reducing the impact of invasive insect species.

What are we missing? Add your recommended resources on invasive insects in the comments below.

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