Meet Max Barclay, the Winner of the 2016 ECN Golden Net Award

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By Richard Levine Yesterday I got to attend the annual meeting of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN), which is traditionally held just before the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. This time it was held before the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which starts today in Orlando, Florida. This year, the ECN awarded […]

News from the Entomological Collections Management Workshop in Washington, DC

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By Richard Levine An Entomological Collections Management Workshop was held July 18-20, 2016 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The purpose of the workshop, which was co-sponsored by the Entomological Collections Network (ECN) and the Entomological Society of America’s Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section, was to train museum curators and others on […]

Cases of Dengue Drop 91 Percent Due to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

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By Richard Levine Once again, a technique that modifies insects in order to control their populations has been proven effective. RIDL, which stands for Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal, has been applied to diamondback moths, Mediterranean fruit flies, and olive flies, and it has been used in field trials on mosquitoes in order […]

An Interview with Joseph Conlon, Technical Advisor of the American Mosquito Control Association

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The week of June 26 to July 2, 2016 has been declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and […]

Scientists Document Illegal Logging in Monarch Butterfly Reserve by Using Drones and Satellite Photos

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By Richard Levine Today I wrote a guest article for the Oxford University Press Blog. The monarch butterfly is famous for its migratory route, which can be as long as 2,500 miles. Unfortunately, the end of its destination is a mountainous part of Mexico that is home to oaks, pines and Oyamel firs, which are […]

Can Genetically Modified Trees Save American Forests?

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By Richard Levine Yesterday I attended the sixth North American Forest Insect Work Conference, a meeting that has been held every five years since 1991. This one is taking place in Washington, DC and ends on Friday, June 3, 2016. The meeting brings together regional forestry groups, including many from the USDA Forest Service, whom […]

A Report from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, DC

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By Richard Levine In May 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center held a meeting called the “Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem.” Entomologists and public-health officials from the USDA, DOD, USGS, […]

A Nearly Extinct Butterfly Makes a Comeback in South Florida

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By Richard Levine An article published in the journal Florida Entomologist tells the story of a butterfly that was nearly gone, but is now recovering. In fact, it’s doing so well that some people consider it to be a pest. Back in 1888, the Atala butterfly was so numerous that it was called “the most […]

Video on How to Make Delicious Cockroach Tapioca

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By Richard Levine This week I attented the joint annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Brazil and the Latin American Congress of Entomology in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil. One day I walked by a table that had snacks for the attendees, including bowls of what looked like rice, nuts, and insects. I could clearly see […]

A Report from the Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas in Brazil

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By Richard Levine Yesterday, March 13, 2016, nearly 70 scientists, public-health officials and other participants attended the Summit on the Aedes aegypti Crisis in the Americas, a one-day meeting convened by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) in the city of Maceió in Alagoas, Brazil. Although the Summit […]