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Recent entomological research from ESA journals and ESA members

Rhynchophorus palmarum

Long-Distance Palm Weevil Flyers Threaten California Date Palms

Lab testing of the flight capability of the weevil Rhynchophorus palmarum shows some "super-flyers" can fly more than 100 kilometers in 24 hours. With the species appearing recently on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, the findings are a concern for California's $100 million date palm industry.

mockingbird

Birds, Bugs, and Agriculture: Is It a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird?

Do birds benefit crops by eating pest insects? Or are birds the pests for eating those very crops themselves? A new review in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management examines the latest science on understanding how birds impact farm fields and how they factor into IPM programs.

Mikeius hartigi wasp

Is That a Gall Wasp? Now You Can Find Out

A new key to Cynipoidea, a superfamily of at least 3,000 species of wasps, published in the journal Insect Systematics and Diversity, promises to open up new avenues for research on and management of gall wasps and their relatives.

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