Press Releases

Tom Baker to Deliver 2015 Founders' Memorial Lecture

Annapolis, MD; March 18, 2015 -- Dr. Thomas C. Baker, a distinguished professor of entomology and chemical ecology at Penn State University, has been selected to deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2015, the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to be held November 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis.

New Tick Species Found at USNTC

Annapolis, MD: March 9, 2015 -- A new tick species found in Malaysia and Vietnam was recently discovered by researchers in Georgia.

ESA's Eastern Branch Meeting in Rehoboth, DE

Annapolis, MD: March 9, 2015 -- Hundreds of insect scientists and students will be in Rehoboth, DE on March 14-17, 2015 to attend the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America's Eastern Branch at the Atlantic Sands Hotel (1 Baltimore Avenue, on the boardwalk).

Phyllis Weintraub Welcomed as JIS Editor-in-Chief

Annapolis, MD: March 4, 2015 -- The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently appointed Dr. Phyllis Weintraub as the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Insect Science (JIS), an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers on all aspects of the biology of insects and other arthropods -- from the molecular to the ecological -- as well as their agricultural and medical impacts.

Oriental Rat Fleas Found on NYC Rats

Annapolis, MD: March 3, 2015 -- In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry Oriental rat fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis), which are capable of transmitting pathogens that cause bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. The study is published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

JIPM Offers Resource Against Rice Water Weevil

Annapolis, MD: February 9, 2015 -- The rice water weevil, Lissorhoptrus oryzophilus, is the most harmful insect pest of rice in the United States, causing yield losses of up to 25 percent. Adults inflict damage by consuming leaf tissue, and the larvae feed on the roots of rice plants. A native of the southeastern U.S., the rice water weevil invaded Japan in 1976, Korea in 1980, China in 1988, and Italy in 2004.

Call for 2016 Insect Calendar Photos

Annapolis, MD: February 7, 2015 -- ESA is looking for outstanding insect photos to grace our “World of Insects 2016 Calendar.” Photos should be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality. Photographs for the calendar will be selected by the ESA Committee on the World of Insects Calendar. The requirements for submission of photos for the purposes of judging are:

1. JPG format (no more than 3000 pixels wide);

Area-Wide Management a Must for Asian Citrus Psyllid

Annapolis, MD: February 2, 2015 -- The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) carries a bacterial pathogen that causes citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which is destroying trees in many countries and states, including Florida. It’s been estimated that this insect-disease combination has cost Florida’s citrus industry $1.3 billion in losses. The situation has become so bad that some citrus growers have abandoned their fields, leaving their trees untended, which can have dire consequences for neighboring growers.

Scorpionflies and Caterpillars in Forensic Entomology

Annapolis, MD: January 22, 2015 -- Fans of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and similar TV shows know that forensic entomology involves the use of insects and other arthropods in legal matters, including homicide cases. Entomologists who are properly trained can find clues about a corpse -- for example, time of death and whether a body has been moved -- by observing the insects on and around it.

Are Asian Citrus Psyllids Afraid of Heights?

Annapolis, MD: January 20, 2015 -- The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, was first discovered in Florida in 2005 and in Puerto Rico in 2007. Since then it has caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage by spreading a bacterium which is responsible for citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing), the most serious disease of citrus in the world. However, scientists from the U.S.