A recent study at North Carolina State University shows that DNA analysis of spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) flies can detect whether they fed on strawberries as much as seven days prior. Researchers hope the proof of concept will lead to more accurate analysis of the invasive pest’s dispersal in the field.
Every year, students and professionals in entomology present their research at the Entomological Society of America's Annual Meeting. It's a chance to share the latest updates from their work with an audience of fellow experts in insect science, and, with a little preparation, it doesn't have to be a nerve-racking experience.
Lauren Diepenbrock, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University and soon to be an assistant professor at the University of Florida, says she enjoys "figuring out how insects, particularly invasive species, make use of the available resources to be successful."
Meet Sarah Parsons, urban insect ecologist and Ph.D. candidate at NC State University. Parsons offers a glimpse into her work studying the mechanisms that drive urban ecosystems.
Chloe Weingarten, 13, a budding entomologist from Rochester, Minnesota, presented her poster titled "Bee-searching for a solution: using an antifeedant to conserve bees" at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America's North Central Branch in March.
Edwin "Ted" R. Burgess, Ph.D., an entomologist at Northern Illinois University, says his favorite aspect of his entomological research is that it encourages creativity to solve difficult problems.
Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique scratch-off cards offer a low-tech (and low-budget) option for evaluation of participant knowledge and learning in entomology extension programs.
When Michael Skvarla, Ph.D., joined Penn State University's entomology extension program in 2017, it wasn't long before he had a mystery on his hands: A wasp specimen from an infestation of a residence that appeared to be of a genus not previously known to invade homes in North America.
A newly described genus of true bug from Papua New Guinea has been dubbed "Kaytuesso," so named for a perceived resemblance to K-2SO, a droid character from the movie "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."
At a symposium at Entomology 2017 on "The Power of Cooperation," organized by the ESA Student Affairs Committee, speakers ranging from seasoned professors to postdoctoral researchers to graduate students shared their experiences in developing and maintaining fruitful scientific collaborations.
What would happen if you asked a machine to come up with new common names for insects? A scientist and her neural network find out.
Extension entomologists at Texas A&M have used short instructional videos to supplement face-to-face education sessions for growers on integrated pest management, and analysis of their use shows the videos are improving learning outcomes.
In her postdoctoral position with the USDA-ARS, entomologist Erika Machtinger directed a field study in which she had to manage "a field staff of six, countless rotating volunteers, laboratory support, and multiple institutions and landowners." All in a day's work for a busy entomologist! Learn more in the first of our new "Standout Early Career Professionals" Q&A series.
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It's been a busy year at Entomology Today. We review the most popular posts about entomology news, research, and goings-on in the field from 2017.
At Entomology 2017, a group of entomologists facilitated a conversation among ESA members and conference participants about the issues of bullying and harassment in our workplaces and at ESA conferences.
School nurses deal directly with the effects of lice, ticks, and mosquitoes on students and can be an important addition to the IPM team.