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3D model of parasitoid wasp

Could NFTs Fund the Discovery of New Insect Species?

An entomologist envisions a future in which non-fungible tokens (NFTs) could drive collecting of 3D virtual models of insect holotype specimens, thereby subsidizing increased digitization of entomological collections and discovery of new species.

Still image from "The Love Bugs"

Entomology on Screen: Q&A With the Directors of ‘The Love Bugs’

The documentary film about entomologists Charlie and Lois O'Brien, who donated their 1.25 million-specimen insect collection to Arizona State University in 2017, will be screened for attendees at Entomology 2019 in November. The film's directors spoke with Entomology Today about the documentary, the messages it shares, and what they learned about entomology along the way.

UF bark and ambrosia beetle collection vial 20k

Collection of Frozen Beetles Passes 20,000 Vials

The University of Florida's Forest Entomology Lab hosts the world's largest cryo-collection of bark and ambrosia beetles. Stored at –80 degrees Celsius, the samples are critical for study of the beetles' DNA and fungal symbionts, as well as for identification of beetle outbreaks in forests.

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