Perspectives Change While Themes Persist at Different Points Along the Career Path

Annie Ray checking insect trap

Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik The length of a career could be compared to a marathon—an event more about stamina than speed. Yet the starting point for scientists, […]

A Bustling Center of Entomological Research in Laos

Khamsing Vongphayloth

By Laura Kraft This post is the third in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who is chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. While it has only been open about five years, Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL) […]

You’ve Got Ants: New 10-Minute Test Kit Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

red imported fire ant

The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) is an invasive species from South America that is damaging to agriculture and wildlife and known for its painful, venomous sting. That venom, however, is now a promising tool for entomological researchers in fighting back against S. invicta and limiting its spread. Throughout the southeastern United States, shipments […]

Study Finds Lyme Disease in Ticks in Nine U.S. National Parks

blacklegged tick

By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. According to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and […]

Could a Large-Scale Zika Outbreak Occur in the United States?

water storage tanks

By Josh Lancette While recent news cycles in the United States largely have been dominated by election coverage, the threat of Zika remains a concern both locally and globally, with a recent outbreak in Brownsville, Texas, a study finding more than half of Brazilian women are avoiding pregnancy because of Zika, and the CDC sending […]

What Got the Most Buzz in 2016 on Entomology Today?

Aedes aegypti

With the end of the year upon us, Entomology Today will enter a brief diapause over the holidays, and we’ll be back in action on January 3, 2017. So, for our final post of 2016, let’s take a quick look back at some of the most popular entomology news and perspectives shared here this year. […]

Wild Plants Might Not Work as Refuges for Stem Borers in African Bt Crops

Eldana saccharina stem borer

By Josh Lancette When using Bt crops, a constant concern is preventing insect pests from becoming resistant. According to a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology that contains new analysis of previous studies, a common tactic to prevent resistance in Africa might not be working as hoped. Bt crops are plants that have […]

Beetle Fossil Nearly Doubles the Age of Known Parasites of Social Insects

Mesosymbion compactus

When ancient insects first evolved eusocial behavior and began forming colonies, it didn’t take long, paleontologically speaking, for parasites of those resource-rich colonies to evolve, as well. A newly discovered ancient species of beetle found preserved in amber dates this apparent parasitic behavior to at least 98.8 million years ago. In a paper published in […]

From Wisconsin to Laos: The Entomological Journey of Dr. Paul Brey

Institut Pasteur du Laos bulletin board

By Laura Kraft This post is the second in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who will be chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. Sitting in the lobby of the Insitut Pasteur du Laos in Vientiane, you […]

Teaching An Old Parasitoid Wasp New Tricks

Trichogramma wasps from one Manduca egg

By Josh Lancette You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but it turns out you can teach an old parasitoid wasp new tricks—and only the old ones. A new study in the Journal of Insect Science reports that Trichogramma wasps are able to learn as adults the olfactory cues to […]