Collection of 1.25 Million Weevils and Planthoppers Donated to Arizona State University

O'Brien insect collection

One of the largest private insect collections in the world is changing hands, and along with it will go an endowment for continued study of the insects it contains. Yesterday, Arizona State University announced that the massive private entomological collection of Charlie and Lois O’Brien, including more than 1 million weevil specimens and 250,000 planthoppers, […]

In Managing Invasive Species, Entomologists Are “The Front Line of Defense”

Helen Spafford, Ph.D.

Today kicks off National Invasive Species Awareness Week, organized by the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition. A great number of invasive species of concern in the United States are insects, and in 2016 the Entomological Society of America developed and issued a formal position statement on invasive species, titled “The Not-So-Hidden Dangers of Invasive […]

ESA Supports Free Exchange of Scientific Information and Evidence-Based Policy

By Dr. Susan J. Weller 2017 President of the Entomological Society of America Although the membership of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) is diverse, we share a core belief that objective science is essential to the existence of a free and democratic society. ESA is a scientific and not a political organization, and therefore […]

Education, Mosquito Management Programs, and Cooperation Needed to Stop Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) and Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) held a Summit in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil on 13 March, 2016 to discuss the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the primary transmitter of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. While the Summit featured talks on many aspects of mosquito biology, behavior, and control, […]

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 […]