A Post-Election Washington D.C.: The ESA Science Policy Fellows’ Perspective


By Johanna Elsensohn on behalf of the 2014 and 2015 Science Policy Fellows (Marianne Alleyne, Thomas Anderson, Jamin Dreyer, Kamal Gandhi, Anders Huseth, Rayda Krell, Clare Rittschof, Ariel Rivers, and Helen Spafford) The 2014 and 2015 ESA Science Policy (SP) Fellows visited Washington, D.C., the week after the November election, and one thing was clear: […]

Walking Among Giants in Northwest Thailand


This post is the first in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who will be chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. “This is my office,” Dr. Robinson says jokingly, slinging his backpack onto his back and mounting his bike with a gesture of […]

Entomology Today Gives Thanks


Entomology Today will be taking a break over the Thanksgiving holiday, but we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the readers who visit this blog on a regular basis. Whether you’re a practicing entomologist or a non-entomologist with an interest in the fascinating world of insects, we’re glad to have you here. We’d also […]

ACE Crosses the 1,000 Mark


On Nov. 16, 2016, Rudy Ayala, owner and operator of Spearhead Pest Control in Ventura, CA, passed his Associate Certified Entomologist exam, becoming the 1,000th ACE. Ayala, a U.S. Army veteran and Vice Chair of Pest Control Operators of California in his district, said he pursued ACE as part of his drive toward excellence. “The […]

Which Insecticide Spray Should You Use For Bed Bug Eggs?


Well, it depends. The efficacy of different insecticide sprays depends on a few different factors, such as which strain of bed bug is being treated, how resistant the strain is to the insecticide being used, and the permeability of the chemicals in relation to the egg shell composition, reports a recent study published in the […]

Ken Raffa Shares His Passion for Working with People to Understand Insects as Agents of Change


Editor’s note: This is the third installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik Ken Raffa has had a storied career. His research has made great strides in advancing current understanding of how insect populations can rapidly […]

Do Scorpions, Spiders, and Insects Make Good Pets?


Do Scorpions, Spiders, and Insects Make Good Pets? To find out, entomology graduate students Michael Falk and Jeremy Hemberger talked to Brent Karner of BioQuip Bugs, an expert on all things Arthropoda. This video was made during Entomology 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Five Tried-And-True Ways Students Can Make the Most of Entomology 2015


By Rebecca A. Schmidt-Jeffris Chair, Committee on Student Affairs As the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America approaches, students will begin creating posters and practicing their talks for the competition. Everyone knows the drill: prepare for your presentation, go to other presentations that interest you. However, limiting yourself to just these two aspects […]

Applying Integrated Pest Management to Wild Turkeys


Integrated Pest Management, also known as IPM, is an environmentally sound approach to pest control that was first developed in the 1970s. IPM is a strategy based on multiple control tactics to ensure that 1) pest populations are managed at acceptable levels, 2) risks to people, other non-target organisms, and the environment are minimized, and […]

How to NOT Write Like a Scientist


Want to get better at writing for a general audience? Check out this workshop at Entomology 2014 in Portland next month!