Detecting pest insects across large areas means placing vast numbers of traps, with associated costs to set them up and check them regularly. Grid patterns have been the traditional choice, but a new study shows trap-placement patterns using parallel lines could be just as effective with much lower servicing requirements.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are finding a variety of applications in agriculture, and a team at the University of Idaho has developed an open-source drone design that can successfully sample insects in a field.
Monitoring wild bee populations is a tricky proposition, with common methods all having inherent biases. A new study uses mark-recapture to get a better picture of how various bee sampling methods measure up.
New to insect collecting? Whether you're a student just getting started in entomology or a hobbyist exploring your own backyard, here's a primer on tools and tactics for gathering a variety of insects and arthropods.
Repeatability measures suggest that large ecoinformatics datasets gathered by commercial agriculture could be a robust source of data for entomologists.