New Tiger Moth Genus and Species Discovered in Africa


By Josh Lancette A new genus and species of tiger moth from Africa has been discovered by researchers from Poland and Germany. The new species, Tervurenia eloumdeni, was first found in a collection in the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium by Dr. Łukasz Przybyłowicz, who was preparing a catalogue of world Thyretina, […]

New Species of Black Fly Discovered in Thailand


In April, we reported on a new species of black fly that was discovered in Borneo. Now the lead author, Hiroyuki Takaoka, is back at it again, discovering another new black fly species, but this time from Thailand. The new species, Simulium (Gomphostilbia) maleewongae, was discovered by Takaoka, from the University of Malaya in Malaysia; […]

Anthranilic Diamides Can Potentially Replace Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments in Vegetable Crops


By Rebecca A. Schmidt-Jeffris and Brian A. Nault When used as foliar sprays, neonicotinoids have caused some concern among the general public because — like any pesticide — they can harm bees and other beneficial insects. However, using neonicotinoids as seed treatments minimizes these risks, and has become a commonly used tool for proactively protecting […]

Jumping Spiders Can Hear Sound Despite Having No Ears


Spiders have no ears or eardrums, and conventional wisdom has held that they are only able to sense airborne vibrations from a few centimeters away. Now, researchers have found that jumping spiders — and most likely other spiders as well — can actually hear sounds over much greater distances. “The sensory world of the tiny […]

New Soldier Beetle Species Found in 99-million-year-old Amber


A new soldier beetle belonging to the family Cantharidae, the subfamily Malthininae and the tribe Malthodini has been discovered from Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber, which is about 99 million years old. A description of the extinct soldier beetle was recently published in the journal Cretaceous Research. Burmese amber, the important fossiliferous resin collected from Kachin […]

Tropical Bed Bugs Found in Florida after 60-Year Absence


By Brittany Campbell Bed bugs have been resurging worldwide since the late 1990s and 2000s. Their bites can cause moderate to severe allergic skin reactions, and their propensity to hide in human beds and suck blood can cause several psychological problems. In the United States, there is one bed bug species that has spread nationwide […]

Mosquitoes Experts at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology


Jason Thomas, a graduate student at Texas A&M University, recently interviewed mosquito experts at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida: For more info about the Congress, visit For more videos by Jason, visit

New Chigger Mite Species Found In Brazil


Chigger mites in the genus Blankaartia are known to preferentially parasitize birds, but occasionally they can also be found on rodents, bats, and reptiles. Scientists in Brazil have reported the presence of mites in this genus for the first time in their country, and they have discovered a new species called Blaankartia shatrovi. The name […]

Science Communication and Social Media at ICE 2016


During the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, a symposium called “Weaving Your Web: Science Communication and Social Media for Insect Scientists” was held. Three of the speakers — Aaron Pomerantz (with Mike Bentley), Rayda Krell, Carly M. Tribull — allowed their presentations to be videotaped, which you can see below. Aaron Pomerantz […]

A Rookie’s View of ICE 2016 and the Triplehorn Pinning Challenge


Lee William Noel, a graduate student at the University of Wyoming, recently attended his first-ever entomology meeting — the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which was probably the largest gathering of insect scientists in the world — and he was drafted as a volunteer videographer to capture the experience. “I felt like a Little League-er […]