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The Best of 2018 on Entomology Today

Entomology Today best of 2018

The subjects of top stories on Entomology Today in 2018 included two emerging invasive species—the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, top left) and the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis, bottom left)—research on the efficacy, or lack thereof, of boric acid in managing bed bugs (Cimex lectularius, top right), and new suggestions for beekeepers to boost the production of propolis in their honey bee hives (Apis mellifera, bottom right) hives. (Photo credits: lanternfly: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,; bed bug: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,; ticks: James L. Occi, Rutgers University; propolis: Flickr/Ontario Beekeepers’ Association Tech Transfer Program, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Another year is in the books here at Entomology Today. To cap off 2018, let’s take a look back at what got the most buzz this year, both here on the blog and on ESA’s social media channels. And, new this year, we’ll list the top five research articles in ESA’s family of journals based on their Altmetrics scores.

After some time off for the holidays, we’ll be back in action beginning January 7. As always, thanks for reading. See you in 2019!

2018’s Top Viewed Entomology Today Posts

(Among posts published in 2018)

2018’s Top Evergreen Entomology Today Posts

(Most views in 2018 for posts published in a previous year)

2018’s Top ESA Social Media Posts

(Most impressions for an @EntsocAmerica tweet and ESA Facebook Page post in 2018)

2018’s Top ESA Journal Article Altmetric Scores

(Highest scores on Altmetrics as of December 19, 2018, for articles published in 2018 in the ESA family of journals)

Contact Irritancy and Toxicity of Permethrin-Treated Clothing for Ixodes scapularis, Amblyomma americanum, and Dermacentor variabilis Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae)
May 24, 2018, Journal of Medical Entomology
Discovery of Haemaphysalis longicornis (Ixodida: Ixodidae) Parasitizing a Sheep in New Jersey, United States
February 19, 2018, Journal of Medical Entomology
Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) Ticks Are Not Vectors of the Lyme Disease Agent, Borrelia burgdorferi (Spirocheatales: Spirochaetaceae): A Review of the Evidence
January 31, 2018, Journal of Medical Entomology
Pollination on the Dark Side: Acoustic Monitoring Reveals Impacts of a Total Solar Eclipse on Flight Behavior and Activity Schedule of Foraging Bees
October 10, 2018, Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Lack of Evidence for Transovarial Transmission of the Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia mayonii by Infected Female Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) Ticks
January 20, 2018, Journal of Medical Entomology

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