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 […]

Perspectives Change While Themes Persist at Different Points Along the Career Path

Annie Ray checking insect trap

Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik The length of a career could be compared to a marathon—an event more about stamina than speed. Yet the starting point for scientists, […]

A Bustling Center of Entomological Research in Laos

Khamsing Vongphayloth

By Laura Kraft This post is the third 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. While it has only been open about five years, Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL) […]

Could a Large-Scale Zika Outbreak Occur in the United States?

water storage tanks

By Josh Lancette While recent news cycles in the United States largely have been dominated by election coverage, the threat of Zika remains a concern both locally and globally, with a recent outbreak in Brownsville, Texas, a study finding more than half of Brazilian women are avoiding pregnancy because of Zika, and the CDC sending […]

Wild Plants Might Not Work as Refuges for Stem Borers in African Bt Crops

Eldana saccharina stem borer

By Josh Lancette When using Bt crops, a constant concern is preventing insect pests from becoming resistant. According to a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology that contains new analysis of previous studies, a common tactic to prevent resistance in Africa might not be working as hoped. Bt crops are plants that have […]

From Wisconsin to Laos: The Entomological Journey of Dr. Paul Brey

Institut Pasteur du Laos bulletin board

By Laura Kraft This post is the second in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who will be chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. See earlier posts from the series. Sitting in the lobby of the Insitut Pasteur du Laos in Vientiane, you […]

Teaching An Old Parasitoid Wasp New Tricks

Trichogramma wasps from one Manduca egg

By Josh Lancette You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but it turns out you can teach an old parasitoid wasp new tricks—and only the old ones. A new study in the Journal of Insect Science reports that Trichogramma wasps are able to learn as adults the olfactory cues to […]

How Fast Does Emerald Ash Borer Kill Trees in Our Forests?

Ash forest affected by emerald ash borer

By Laurel Haavik Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, a shiny green beetle from Asia commonly known as the emerald ash borer (EAB), has taken North America by storm. Assisted mostly by people, but also by its own wings, EAB is rapidly spreading across urban and forested areas alike. EAB-killed ash trees in urban areas are noticeable and […]

Judas Beetles: How Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles Are Betraying Each Other’s Secrets

tagged coconut rhinoceros beetle

  By Josh Lancette It starts with the search for a mate. It ends with betrayal. And death. And a toppled crime empire. How? Someone is wearing a wire from the feds. Specifically, that someone is a coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros. Its empire? An army of its kind aiming to destroy palm trees in […]