Highlights From Reddit Science’s Honey Bee AMA

honey bees

Last week, the Reddit Science community welcomed University of Illinois entomologists May Berenbaum, Ph.D., immediate past president of the Entomological Society of America, and Gene Robinson, Ph.D., an ESA Fellow, for an “Ask Me Anything” discussion about honey bees. Berenbaum and Robinson answered a slew of questions submitted by commenters. Below are a few highlights: […]

Mosquito Repellents: DEET and PMD Sprays Most Effective, While Wearable Devices Disappoint, Study Finds

Aedes aegypti mosquito

A search for “mosquito repellent” on Amazon.com delivers more than 28,000 product results. For a regular consumer, it can be difficult to find the ones that truly work among a sea of products that make bold claims. Researchers at the Molecular Vector Physiology Laboratory at New Mexico State University are working to make the search […]

Why Scientific Nomenclature is So Important: Q&A With ICZN Commissioner Frank Krell

Frank Krell, Ph.D.

By Josh Lancette In 2015, the Entomological Society of America journals became compliant with the requirements of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (“the Code”), which is produced by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Being compliant means that the journals and articles follow rules that allow new nomenclatural acts to be considered scientifically […]

Conserving Culture Through Cambodian Silk

boiling silkworm cocoons

By Laura Kraft This post is the sixth 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. There’s a rhythmic clacking of wooden looms as you walk through the workshop at […]

Why Science Communication Ought to Be Part of the Job for Entomologists

Rayda Krell

For plenty of scientists, a day in the field or in the lab—i.e., getting knee-deep in science—is their favorite part of the job. Interacting with the public, with media, or with lawmakers seems outside their job description. However, in an age of fractured media and faltering trust in public institutions, scientists may need to broaden […]

Bugs Cafe: The Can’t-Miss Culinary Attraction in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bugs Cafe, David Blouzard

By Laura Kraft This post is the fifth 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. Imagine a crispy, fried spring roll. It has that characteristic crunch on the outside, […]

ESA Supports Free Exchange of Scientific Information and Evidence-Based Policy

(Photo credit: Flickr/praetoriansentry)

By Dr. Susan J. Weller 2017 President of the Entomological Society of America Although the membership of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) is diverse, we share a core belief that objective science is essential to the existence of a free and democratic society. ESA is a scientific and not a political organization, and therefore […]

Fostering a New Generation of Cambodian Entomologists

Cambodian Entomology Initiatives lab team

By Laura Kraft This post is the fourth 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. Phallin Heang sits down to talk with me about her master’s thesis. The day […]

New Federal Report on Aedes Mosquitoes Could Signal Shift in How Zika Virus and Other Pathogens are Researched

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus. A new federal report offers new directions for research and development of mosquito-control efforts.

By Johanna Elsensohn Throughout the world, a single mosquito bite can have one of many consequences: mild infection, severe illness, birth defects, death, or, for the majority of people, just a small, itchy bite mark. Of the greater than 3,500 mosquito species out there, a small percentage have the ability to carry a pathogen that […]

Invasive Species: Entomology’s Role in a Multisector Mission

invasive species - emerald ash borer and kudzu bug

The National Invasive Species Council’s Secretariat ended 2016 with a series of accomplishments that will place the federal government’s future work to address invasive species on solid footing. In nearly back-to-back-to-back events, the NISC Secretariat hosted its first annual Innovation Summit, convened the winter meeting of the non-federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), and supported […]