Entomologists Say Harassment and Bullying in Science are “#NeverOK”

NeverOK table at Entomology 2017

At Entomology 2017, a group of entomologists sought to facilitate a conversation among ESA members and conference participants about the issues of bullying and harassment in our workplaces and at ESA conferences. Whether we are eager to admit it or not, the scientific community is not free of such conflicts.

Today’s Termites Offer Clues to Ancient Migrations Across Southeast Asia

Macrotermes gilvus

How did a ground-dwelling insect such as the termite Macrotermes gilvus get from mainland Myanmar all the way out to the islands of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia? The answer lies in ancient land bridges that existed in eras when sea levels were lower, and researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia say the genetic markers present in M. gilvus termites throughout varying Southeast Asia locales reveal the routes these termites—and many other terrestrial animals, as well as early humans—likely followed as they dispersed there over the past 2 million years.

Entomologists Urged to Beware the “Dark Side” of Light Traps

light trap

The Old Reliable for generations of entomologists, the light trap remains perhaps the best catchall collecting device to sample large numbers and species of insects, but it also may mask infestations of some insect-borne illnesses and even expose humans to disease vectors. So suggests a paper published today in the Journal of Medical Entomology, catchily titled “The Dark Side of Light Traps.”

“Insecta” Documentary Explores the Beauty and Wonder of Entomology

Insecta documentary screenshot

Ever wondered what makes an entomologist tick? What, exactly, drives an entomologist’s fascination in creatures that so many others avoid? Well, if you’re an entomologist like so many of our readers here at Entomology Today, you could probably readily answer those questions yourself. But for people outside the profession, entomology can be a bit of […]

A Place for Engineering in Entomology

bee emergence device

By Meredith Swett Walker Meghan Bennett, a Ph.D., student studying the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata), was interested in how the bees time their emergence from their nest cells. She needed to record exactly what time the bees emerge in relation to different environmental cues. But collecting this kind of data requires watching nest cells […]