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Recent entomological research from ESA journals and ESA members

bumble bees on Penstamon rydbergii
striped cucumber beetle on watermelon

Integrated Pest Management Pays for Midwestern Watermelon Growers

Entomologists at Purdue University have developed a reliable and cost-effective scouting technique for striped cucumber beetle (Acalymma vittatum) in watermelon fields. Researchers working with watermelon growers say the method could significantly reduce the unnecessary use of insecticides to manage the pest.

bed bug - Cimex lectularius

Research Confirms First Bed Bug Infestation in Costa Rica in Over 20 Years

A bed bug infestation hadn't been seen in Costa Rica since the late 1990s—until now. Researchers at the University of Costa Rica have confirmed that specimens collected from a home near San Jose in 2017 are indeed bed bugs and, surprisingly, of the temperate-zone species Cimex lectularius and not the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus.

wheat bug - Nysius huttoni - adult

More Than Wheat to Eat: New Zealand’s Wheat Bug Has a Taste for Brassicas, Too

The wheat bug Nysius huttoni is a significant pest of wheat and cereal crops as well as a variety of brassica plants, and it is widely distributed in New Zealand. In a new profile in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, two New Zealand researchers offer guidance on IPM practices for managing the wheat bug while minimizing potential nontarget impacts.

tobacco hornworm - Manduca sexta

Advanced Morphology Techniques Reveal Tobacco Hornworm’s Secrets

Though studied for decades as a model organism, the tobacco hornworm's lack of silk production has never been thoroughly researched, until now. A team of researchers combining high-tech microscopic imaging with genomic techniques have captured in new detail the caterpillar's first instar silk-producing anatomy and subsequent loss of that capability as it molts to later instars.

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