Can machine learning be used for accurate species identification of beetles and other invertebrates? Researchers using carabid beetle data from the National Ecological Observatory Network created an algorithm that reached 85 percent accuracy on unidentified images. Eventually, they hope machine learning could one day be used to classify unidentified species in NEON bycatch and answer new questions about invertebrate diversity and abundance across North America.
Fossils provide the only direct evidence of how mass extinctions unfold. But the fossil record of insects is very different from the fossil records of other groups. A new review in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America explores what we can learn about past insect extinctions from their fossils.
The research director of a busy mosquito control district reports on the scientific discoveries made over years of examining bycatch in mosquito surveillance traps—and makes the case for bycatch as an underutilized resource with the potential to fill knowledge gaps that impede invertebrate conservation efforts.
Just in time for its 50th anniversary, the Frost Entomological Museum at Penn State has reopened to the public. The museum's curators hope to give visitors an appreciation for the value of natural history collections as well as insects.
A recent Environmental Entomology study sheds new light on how insects fit into the puzzle of sage grouse—and rangeland—conservation.