Two New Stink Bug Species Named for Dragons From Game of Thrones

Neoacledra drogon and Neoacledra viserion

By Eduardo Faundez, Ph.D. Recently two new Chilean species of stink bugs were discovered and named after Drogon and Viserion, dragons of the TV series “Game of Thrones,” based on A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. My colleagues—Mariom Carvajal at the Instituto de la Patagonia, University of Magallanes and David Rider, Ph.D., […]

Why Insects Make Great Ambassadors for Science Education

Butterfly Pavilion

Even though most insects are relatively small animals, they make a great focal point to discuss big concepts. “We use invertebrates as a model system to carry out science communication,” says Mario Padilla, entomologist at Butterfly Pavilion near Denver, Colorado. “Because, when you talk about invertebrates, that’s an extremely diverse group of animals that we […]

Listening to Larvae: How Acoustics Can Measure Efficacy of Palm Weevil Management

red palm weevil larva

By Andrew Porterfield The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) is a common pest of palm trees in subtropical regions of the globe (and, for a brief time, in the United States). Working unseen and deep inside the palm trunk, the weevil larvae tunnel and feed, eventually killing the palm. Working around the weevil’s penchant for […]

Old, But Not That Old: Debunking the Myth of Ancient Cockroaches

Gyna lurida

By Dominic Anthony Evangelista, Ph.D. and Manpreet Kohli Cockroaches are not 300 million years old. They might not even be 200 million years old. In fact, the oldest cockroaches known from the fossil record are only 125-140 million years old, hardly the ancient and immortal beasts claimed by some. In our new paper published in […]

A Slew of Student Activities Slated for Entomology 2017

ICE Linnaean Games

Editor’s Note: As Entomology 2017 approaches, today we continue with the second in a five-part “Students at #EntSoc17” series on Entomology Today, in which members of ESA’s Student Affairs Committee share what fellow student members need to know to be prepared to ignite, inspire, and innovate at Entomology 2017.  By Amanda M. Whispell, Ph.D. This November […]