Calliphora vicina

Advanced Mass Spectrometry Method Could Give Forensic Entomologists Faster Fly IDs

Identifying the species of blow flies that colonize a corpse is a critical step in forensic entomology investigations, but it typically requires rearing collected fly larvae to adults first. However, a new "real time" method for conducting mass spectrometry could allow maggot specimens to be analyzed and identified in a matter of minutes—even up to six species at a time from the same sample.

students at Entomology 2018

What It’s Like to Be a Graduate Student in Entomology

Know someone who is studying to be an entomologist? From the lab to the field, to the conference to the classroom, here's a glimpse into the life of an entomology graduate student. Or: If you're an entomology student yourself, share this article to give family and friends a look into your chosen pursuit.

Nipaecoccus viridis on citrus

Here We Go Again: Another Invasive Pest in Florida Citrus

The mealybug species Nipaecoccus viridis, known as the lebbeck mealybug, is originally from Asia and was first found in Florida back in 2009, but in late 2018 it was found infesting citrus groves in the state. The author of a new report in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management discusses the implications of its arrival and the management options that are currently available and under evaluation.

eupatorium gall fly (Procecidochares utilis)

Study Shows Elevation Affects Fly’s Use as Natural Enemy of Invasive Weed

In Nepal, the gall-inducing eupatorium gall fly (Procecidochares utilis) is deployed as a biological control agent against the invasive weed Ageratina adenophora. A new study by researchers at Tribhuvan University and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management shows size and abundance of galls induced by the fly are influenced by elevation, knowledge that can help in fine-tuning P. utilis-based biocontrol efforts.