Press Releases

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.

EAB Confirmed as Threat to White Fringetree

Annapolis, MD: January 15, 2015 -- The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), also known as EAB, is an invasive insect pest from Asia that has killed millions of trees in the United States and Canada and has caused billions of dollars of damage since it was discovered in 2002. Fortunately, its damage has been limited to ash trees — or so we thought.

Newly Discovered Assassin Bug, Sinea Incognita

Annapolis, MD: December 23, 2014 -- Sometimes new insect species are discovered in the wild, and sometimes they are discovered in the drawers of old museum collections. Then there are those that are discovered by accident, which is how Dr. J. E. McPherson, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University, discovered a new species of assassin bug.

Bt Maize Could Decrease Pesticide Use in Mexico

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Annapolis, MD: November 17, 2014 -- Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country’s average yield per hectare is 38% below the world’s average. In fact, Mexico imports 30% of its maize from foreign sources to keep up with internal demand.

2015 World of Insects Calendar Available Now

Annapolis, MD: November 7, 2014 -- The ESA 2015 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 2014 in Portland will receive one free copy with their registration.

What Role Do Insects Play in Ebola Virus Transmission?

Annapolis, MD; November 5, 2014 -- Research on arthropod involvement in Ebola virus transmission has been quite limited, so many questions remain about whether flies and other insects play any role in the transmission of Ebola virus. If they do, how significant is this role, and what efforts need to be undertaken to reduce health risks?

Call for Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Science

Annapolis, MD; November 4, 2014 -- The Entomological Society of America is seeking candidates to serve in the position of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Insect Science. Due to the volume of submissions the journal receives, two individuals will be appointed to serve as co-editors-in-chief.

ESA Presents First Class of Science Policy Fellows

Annapolis, MD; October 16, 2014 -- In 2014, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) formed a program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The program will accept five new Fellows each year to serve two-year terms.

Media Advisory for Entomology 2014 in Portland

Annapolis, MD; October 14, 2014 -- Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will be held November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. With nearly 3,200 insect scientists already registered, the meeting will be one of the largest entomology meetings in recent memory.