trunk refuge

Rolled Cardboard Makes a Handy Insect-Sampling Tool

A group of researchers gets creative with some simple materials: strips of cardboard, rolled up and tied with string. Affixed to tree trunks or limbs, the "trunk refugia" show promise as a simple and inexpensive tool for sampling tree-dwelling insects and arthropods.

outdoor play

Learning at Home With Bugs

Stuck at home with kids because of COVID-19? Check out this list of suggestions from bug experts about what you can do to keep kids engaged and learning.

cattle

New, Fast DNA Method Spots Pesticide-Resistant Ticks

In its effort to keep cattle fever ticks from escaping quarantine in five counties along the southern Texas border, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed an overnight DNA test that can detect ticks' genetic indicators of resistance to permethrin, a common pesticide used to manage ticks.

Brown marmorated stink bug adult and nymph

How to Tackle an Invasive Species Crisis? Build a Collaborative Team

The arrival of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) drove a far-reaching, collaborative response by researchers, integrated pest management professionals, government agencies, and growers. A new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management looks back at this experience to share lessons learned for future invasive-species response efforts.

Hamilton Allen, Ph.D., BCE

A Coast-to-Coast Tour Lands One Entomologist on the Home Team

Meet Hamilton Allen, Ph.D., BCE, the Florida Regional Technical Director for HomeTeam Pest Defense, a national specialty brand of Rollins, Inc. Within his role, Allen provides technical and operational expertise, implements training programs, and ensures that each of the 10 branches within his region adhere to federal, state, and local pesticide application guidelines. Allen is the subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.

Field Museum of Natural History

Fantastic Bugs and Where to Find Them (Hint: Chicago)

Entomologist Ryan Gott returns with another insect-attraction review, this time on the "Fantastic Bug Encounters!" exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, which showcases the diversity of arthropods, the mysteries of their habits, and their ingenious adaptations.

Study Details Mechanics of Flea Beetles’ Big Jumps

The tribe of leaf beetles known for their incredible jumping strength use a powerful catapult-like mechanism to spring away from looming predators. A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists illustrate the biomechanics of these beetles' jumps in a new study and say the findings could hold lessons for bio-inspired robotics.

Cirque du Soleil OVO

Insects Take Center Stage at Cirque du Soleil OVO

Entomologist Ryan Gott reviews the Cirque du Soleil show "OVO," calling it a must-see for entomologists and insect enthusiasts. By his count, no fewer than nine insect orders were represented by performers in the show.