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Category: Research News

Recent entomological research from ESA journals and ESA members

Hornets from Hell in Honey Bee Massacre

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest hornet. They can grow to be more than two inches (5 centimeters) in length, and just a few dozen of […]

Stink Bugs Invading Homes Before Winter

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive insect from Asia, was first collected in the U.S. in Allentown, PA in 1998. Since then it has spread to more than […]

Can Beetles Make Good Mothers?

A new study provides a rare glimpse into how certain beetles actually protect their young by showing explicit signs of maternal instincts and care. An international team of scientists from […]

Bagrada Bug Biology, Damage, and Control

This video by Surendra Dara, an IPM advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, describes the bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris), a new invasive pest in Arizona and California. The bagrada bug is […]

New Info on an Elusive Green Cicada

For nearly 80 years, the North American cicada Okanagana viridis has received little attention in scientific literature, but a new article in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America […]

Microbes Help Beetles Defeat Plant Defenses

Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack instead of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers […]

Oklahoma City Invaded by Crickets

Two days ago we wrote about Daniel Emlyn-Jones, a British man who was so enamored with the sounds of crickets that he let 1,000 of them loose in his backyard, […]

New Beetle Discovered in the Big City

Manila, the world’s 10th largest megacity and 6th largest conurbation, based on official statistics, is not a place one would normally expect to discover new species, even in a country […]

Video Profile of the Asparagus Miner Fly

This video by Rob Morrison, a Ph.D student at Michigan State University, profiles the asparagus miner, a stem-mining fly that attacks newly planted asparagus fields and can vector disease-causing fungi […]

Remote-Controlled Cockroaches and Moths

An assistant professor at North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt, has developed a way to remotely control insects, just as one can remotely control toy cars or helicopters. Beginning […]