New Home for Systematics in Entomology Nears First Issue

jim whitfield and sydney cameron

Insect systematists—and anyone, really, interested in topics such as insect taxonomy, morphology, paleobiology, phylogenetics, and genomics—have reason to celebrate with the coming debut of the newest journal of the Entomological Society of America, Insect Systematics and Diversity. This week, ESA and Oxford University Press released a sneak peek at the titles and abstracts of the […]

Why Scientific Nomenclature is So Important: Q&A With ICZN Commissioner Frank Krell

Frank Krell, Ph.D.

By Josh Lancette In 2015, the Entomological Society of America journals became compliant with the requirements of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (“the Code”), which is produced by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Being compliant means that the journals and articles follow rules that allow new nomenclatural acts to be considered scientifically […]

How to Describe a New Species: Getting into the “Spuh Nov” Club

By Dominic Evangelista One of my life-long dreams has been to discover and describe a species previously unknown to science. It’s something a lot of aspiring naturalists dream about. However, unlike my other dream of getting one at-bat for the Yankees, this one is actually pretty doable. In fact, as of November 2014 I have […]

Entomologists Support Specimen Collections as Vital Component of Research

In April, 2014 an article called “Avoiding (Re)extinction” was published in Science magazine that said that collecting biological could “magnify the extinction risk” for some species, and that alternatives such as “high-resolution photography, audio recording, and non-lethal sampling” could be used instead. The article drew quite a response, as more than 60 international research institutions […]

Is it Honey Bee or HoneyBee? Bed Bug or Bedbug? House Fly or Housefly?

By Richard Levine Writing insect names using American English can be difficult. Some species have different names depending on where you are, or with whom you are speaking (think “ladybug” or “ladybird” or “lady beetle”). More often than not, an insect may not even have an official common name because out of the million or […]