Press Releases

ESA Members at the Brazilian Congress of Entomology

Annapolis, MD; August 27, 2014 – Representatives from the Entomological Society of America (ESA) will be taking part in the Entomological Society of Brazil's 25th Brazilian Congress of Entomology in Goiânia from September 14-18, 2014.

Susan Weller Elected as Future ESA President

Annapolis, MD; August 26, 2013 -- Dr. Susan Weller, an entomology professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Bell Museum of Natural History, was recently elected to be future President of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). She will serve as Vice President-Elect in 2015, then as Vice President in 2016, and finally as ESA President in 2017.

Oldest Beetle in Omaliini Tribe Found in Amber

Annapolis, MD; July 31, 2014 – An international team of scientists from Spain, France, and the U.S. has discovered and described a rove beetle that is the oldest definitive member of the tribe Omaliini that has ever been found in amber. The discovery and description were made possible through the use of the propagation phase-contrast X-ray synchrotron imaging technique, which allows the detailed study of otherwise invisible specimens in opaque amber.

ESA Recognizes 2014 Fellows

Annapolis, MD; July 30, 2014 – The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2014. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2014 -- ESA's 62nd Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

Peter Agre to Give Keynote Address at ICE 2016

Annapolis, MD; July 30, 2014 – Dr. Peter Agre, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016), which will be held September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and will be hosted by the Entomological Society of America.

New Species of Mayfly Discovered in India

Annapolis, MD; July 28, 2014 – Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India.

New Planthopper Species Found in Spain

Annapolis, MD; July 22, 2014 – Not much is known about the the genus of planthopper known as Conosimus, which now includes six species after a new one was recently discovered in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula in the Spanish city of Jaen. A description of it appears in the open-access Journal of Insect Science (see http://www.insectscience.org/14.92/).

Fewer Deer may Mean Less Lyme Disease

Annapolis, MD; July 1, 2014 – Since white-tailed deer serve as the primary host for the adult blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) — the vector for Lyme disease — scientists have wondered whether reducing the number of deer in a given area would also mean fewer cases of Lyme disease. Now, after a 13-year study was conducted, researchers in Connecticut have found that reduced deer populations can indeed lead to a reduction in Lyme disease cases.

ESA Applauds President’s Pollinator Health Strategy

Annapolis, MD; June 25, 2014 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA), the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and related disciplines, applauds President Obama’s Presidential Memorandum: Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, which was released last Friday.

Entomologists Support Specimen Collections

Annapolis, MD; June 24, 2014 – Leaders of the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section (SysEB) of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) support museum collections that house biological specimens, and encourage future collecting for conservation and management efforts.

A recent discussion between conservationists and museum curators has focused on the actual value of collecting biological specimens, and whether such collections may harm endangered species. Photographs, audio recordings, and tissue samples have even been suggested as alternatives.