A Place for Engineering in Entomology

bee emergence device

By Meredith Swett Walker Meghan Bennett, a Ph.D., student studying the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata), was interested in how the bees time their emergence from their nest cells. She needed to record exactly what time the bees emerge in relation to different environmental cues. But collecting this kind of data requires watching nest cells […]

Listening to Larvae: How Acoustics Can Measure Efficacy of Palm Weevil Management

red palm weevil larva

By Andrew Porterfield The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) is a common pest of palm trees in subtropical regions of the globe (and, for a brief time, in the United States). Working unseen and deep inside the palm trunk, the weevil larvae tunnel and feed, eventually killing the palm. Working around the weevil’s penchant for […]