What Lies Beneath: Grape Root Borer an Under-Recognized Pest in Eastern Vineyards

grape root borer larvae on root

As few as nine larvae of the grape root borer may be enough to fatally damage a grape plant with an 8-inch base circumference. They are slow killers but hard to detect. A new profile in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers guidance on managing the pest.

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.

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.”

Butterfly Color Patterns Reveal Clues About the Genes That Build Insect Wings

painted lady butterfly

By Viviane Callier Butterfly wings are natural canvases decorated with elaborate color patterns, but how these patterns develop and evolve is still incompletely understood. Now, a new study in Scientific Reports has identified the genetic code by which butterflies can assign color patterns to different parts of their wings during development. The code is based […]

“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 […]