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Recent entomological research from ESA journals, members, and beyond

corbiculate bees
Zophobas morio larvae

Superworms: The Bigger, Brawnier, Hungrier Cousins of Yellow Mealworms

Larvae of the darkling beetle species Zophobas morio have earned the nickname "superworms" for their larger size and increased nutritional potential as food and feed compared to yellow mealworms. And yet less research and regulatory consideration has focused on Z. morio, something a pair of researchers in Greece hope to change.

German cockroach (Blattella germanica)

In Search for Effective Cockroach Lures, Apple and Blueberry Come Out on Top

Monitoring for cockroach infestations in homes and buildings is hindered by a lack of effective and practical attractants, but researchers at Rutgers University say a mix of extracts from apple and blueberry has proven highly effective in lab and field settings and could lead to more successful cockroach integrated pest management programs.

Aedes aegypti mosquito, female

A New Look at the Dynamics of Human–Mosquito Contact

It's not enough to know mosquito abundance in a given area. Rather, the rate at which mosquitoes and humans actually come into contact is critical, a group of researchers say, to better understanding and modeling mosquito-borne disease transmission.

Culiseta melanura mosquito

How Florida Mosquito Control Could Trim Disease in Northern States

Researchers in Florida have pinpointed the local overwintering habitats of mosquitoes that host eastern equine encephalitis virus. They hope targeted control efforts can cull those mosquitoes before they transmit the virus to birds that carry it north to other parts of the country.

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