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Recent entomological research from ESA journals, members, and beyond

navel orangeworm moth (Amyelois transitella)

Why Flight Testing is an Important Step in Sterile Insect Technique

Releasing millions of sterile insects to interfere with a wild pest population won't work if irradiating the insects also hinders their flight capacity. A new study shows this may be the case with navel orangeworm moths (Amyelois transitella), and further fine-tuning will be necessary to build a successful sterile insect technique operation to manage the pest.

stink bugs

Believe It or Nut: Bugs Like Almonds, Too

A wide variety of insects in the order Hemiptera are known pests of almonds. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management details the biology, ecology, and management options for "true bugs" in almond orchards.

blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Crowdsourced Photos Show Expanding Ranges for Ticks

Analysis of tick photos submitted to the TickSpotters program finds three tick species that transmit Lyme and other human diseases are present in hundreds of U.S. counties where previous surveillance had not yet documented them.

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