The Entomology Word Association Game – 2016 Edition


Everyone’s done a word association game at some point in their lives, so sit back, relax, and watch as Derek Woller puts eight entomologists and non-entomologists from all different backgrounds and countries on the spot and asks them to think of the first word that pops into their heads after he says an entomology-related word. […]

Museum Collections and Notes Lead to the Rediscovery of a Grasshopper Not Seen in 60 Years


By Derek A. Woller On May 12, 2015, JoVonn G. Hill and I fulfilled an eight-year-long odyssey to locate a grasshopper species endemic to the sandhills of the state of Georgia, and the entire saga was recently published in Transactions of the American Entomological Society. Not seen for almost 60 years, Melanoplus foxi is small […]

Deb Paul Talks About iDigBio at Entomology 2015


If  you’re an entomologist, then you’ve probably heard the acronym “iDigBio” being used here and there, but what the heck does it stand for? Turns out it’s something quite neat and very relevant to entomologists everywhere: iDigBio = Integrated Digitized Biocollections, and it is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the following video, […]

Entomologists Talk About Their Favorite Insects and Why Collections Are Important


Our planet is teeming with multitudes of fascinating insects and there’s simply no time to study them all! Having a favorite one (for whatever reason) often helps narrow the choice down. In the following video, which was shot at the 2015 meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and the Entomological Society of America, Derek […]

Entomologists Talk About Twitter at Entomology 2015


By Derek Woller Twitter — some love it and some are indifferent, but I think we can all agree that it’s rapidly changing how people communicate with one another on a global scale, particularly when it comes to science. In this video, I challenge three of the most prolific entomological tweeters in North America — […]

The Insect Word-Association Game


Everyone’s done a word-association game at some point in their lives, so sit back, relax, and watch as Derek Woller puts nine entomologists and non-entomologists from all different backgrounds in the hot-seat and asks them to think of the first word that pops into their heads after he says an entomology-related word. Derek A. Woller […]

Insect 3D Wizardry in the Palm of Your Hand


By Derek A. Woller The future is now! Watch as an ordinary 2D card with a nice picture of an insect on it transforms before your eyes with wizardry into a fully 3D model with associated sound, locality data, and more! It’s a great time to be an entomologist! Visit the Libraries of Life website […]

Charles Darwin’s Rove Beetle Imaged On-site in Portland, OR


Each year at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, another meeting takes place. A group called the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) meets at about the same time and place, and they put on presentations about taxonomy, systematics, museum collections, interpreting data, and more. Plus, many of the attendees bring insects from all […]

Liladownsia fraile: The Rest of the Story


(A version of the following article was originally published in Metaleptea 34(2): 13-15) By Derek A. Woller My colleagues (Paolo Fontana, Ricardo Mariño-Pérez, and Hojun Song) and I recently published a paper in Zootaxa entitled “Studies in Mexican Grasshoppers: Liladownsia fraile, a new genus and species of Dactylotini (Acrididae: Melanoplinae) and an updated molecular phylogeny […]

New Colorful Grasshopper Discovered in Mexico Named after Singer Lila Downs


A grasshopper that was recently discovered on the side of a mountain road near Oaxaca, Mexico by University of Central Florida scientists (UCF) now bears the name Liladownsia fraile after Grammy-award-winning singer and activist Ana Lila Downs Sánchez. The scientists named the new species after the Mexican-American singer as a nod to her efforts to […]