Press Releases

Call for 2015 YouTube Contest Videos

Annapolis, MD; May 5, 2014 – ESA has begun accepting entries for the 2015 YouTube Your Entomology Video Contest. This contest gives ESA members the opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity through video.

This year all video entries will be judged against each other with no distinct categories. A winner and runner-up will be chosen from among the submitted entries.

Videos will be rated on picture quality, sound quality, creativity, and entomological accuracy.

The rules for this year's contest are:

A New Profile of the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Annapolis, MD; April 15, 2015 -- The Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, is a wood-boring insect that is capable of destroying 30% of the urban trees in the United States at an economic loss of $669 billion. Infestations of this invasive beetle have been found in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois, and they have been shown to feed on more than 100 different tree species, with a preference for maples, poplars, aspens, cottonwoods, and willows.

Researchers Find New Mesoamerican Pine Beetle

Annapolis, MD; April 15, 2015 -- A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus Armendáriz-Toledano and Sullivan, has been described in a paper published online in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America by a group of researchers that includes a U.S. Forest Service scientist.

Bed Bug Fecundity Reduced by ActiveGuard

Annapolis, MD; April 1, 2015 -- Products that claim to control bed bugs have been on the market for years. Some work, and some don’t.

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.