Press Releases

A New Resource for Managing Greenbugs

Annapolis, MD: November 12, 2015 -- Greenbugs (Schizaphis graminum) have been a major vexation for growers of wheat and sorghum for more than half a century, especially in the Great Plains. Now a new paper in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides an overview of these little aphid and a summary of control methods.

Colony Collapse Disorder Eight Years Later

Annapolis, MD: November 9, 2015 -- A symposium on honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) will be held Sunday November 15 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Honey bee experts from all over the U.S. will discuss factors that may contribute to CCD, such as Varroa mites, pesticide residues, pesticide formulations, honey bee habitat, and honey bee genetics.

New IPM Resource for Northeastern Hop Growers

Annapolis, MD: November 9, 2015 -- Dr. Lily Calderwood, a researcher at the University of Vermont, and a team of researchers have published an open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management that should help hop farmers in the northeastern U.S. to manage insect pests. The article provides a comprehensive assessment of hop pests and methods for managing them.

New Whirligig Beetle Species Discovered

Annapolis, MD: November 5, 2015 -- A new species of whirligig beetle is the first to be described in the United States since 1991. Grey Gustafson, a PhD student at the University of New Mexico, and Dr. Robert Sites, an entomologist at the University of Missouri's Enns Entomology Museum, describe the new species in an article appearing in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

ESA Supports Areawide Integrated Pest Management ACT

Annapolis, MD: November 4, 2015 -- The Entomological Society of America (ESA) supports new federal legislation for Areawide Integrated Pest Management recently introduced by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). The Areawide Integrated Pest Management (AIPM) Act of 2015 would prioritize and elevate critical AIPM efforts and projects within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Entomologists Report on Economic Benefits of Neonicotinoids

Annapolis, MD: November 4, 2015 -- According to researchers from Mississippi State University, rice seeds that are pre-treated with neonicotinoid pesticides yield better than untreated crops and suffer less damage from rice water weevil, the most widely distributed and destructive early-season insect pest of rice in the United States. However, the economic benefits of investing in pre-treated seed depend on the level of insect pressure.

Media Advisory for Entomology 2015

Annapolis, MD: November 3, 2015 -- Entomology 2015, the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will be held November 15-18, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Three thousand insect scientists are expected to attend the meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

Aedes japonicus Found in Western Canada

Annapolis, MD: November 2, 2015 -- Canadian entomologists have reported the first appearance of Aedes japonicus -- an invasive, disease-carrying mosquito -- in western Canada. Members of the species were found in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Researchers Compare "Natural" Repellents to DEET

Annapolis, MD: October 28, 2015 -- Researchers at New Mexico State University tested 10 commercially available products for their effectiveness at repelling mosquitoes, and the results were published in the Journal of Insect Science.

2016 World of Insects Calendar Available Now

Annapolis, MD: October 28, 2015 -- The ESA 2016 World of Insects wall calendar is now available for purchase. Hundreds of photos were submitted by insect photographers from around the world, and the ESA calendar commitee judges picked the best ones.

All attendees of Entomology 2015 in Minneapolis will receive one free copy with their registration.