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Category: Research News

Recent entomological research from ESA journals and ESA members

Onychophoran and Lepidopteran Mimic - side-by-side

Is This Caterpillar Trying to Look Like a Velvet Worm?

A team of researchers from Western University in Ontario reports the discovery of velvet worms living in tree mosses in Amazonian cloud forest in Ecuador as well as a caterpillar of unknown species that they propose to be a Batesian mimic of the velvet worm.

Menestheus mcphersoni

A New Stink Bug Species Named After a Stink Bug Person

A newly described species of stink bug is named in honor of distinguished entomologist and stink-bug expert Jay McPherson, Ph.D., whose advice to an early-career entomologist led to the specimen being deemed its own species rather than a subspecies.

bee with egg powder

New and Easy Marking Method Tracks Bees Without Killing Them

A new study published in the Journal of Insect Science outlines a new technique that quickly, simply, and inexpensively marks bees to track their movement—and it's non-lethal, too. It could make for an valuable improvement for mark-and-recapture methods for these pollinators.

grassland patch burn

Do Managed Burns in Grasslands Benefit Butterflies?

Though under-used, prescribed fire can reinstate natural disturbance regimes in the North American Great Plains. The Range Science program at North Dakota State University is studying how this practice affects the local ecosystem, including its impact on pollinators such as butterflies.