Press Releases

Artificial Diet May Make Insect Rearing Easier

Annapolis, MD: February 10, 2016 -- Scientists who conduct research on insects need to be able to keep them alive, sometimes for many generations. That can be difficult, especially since members of many insect species are particularly picky eaters.

However, a group of Canadian entomologists may have found a solution, at least for scientists who are conducting research on moths.

A Rare Bumble Bee is Making a Comeback

Annapolis, MD: February 9, 2016 -- Bombus occidentalis used to be the most common bumble bee species in the Pacific Northwest, but in the mid 1990s it became one of the rarest. Now, according to an article in the Journal of Insect Science offers, it may be making a comeback.

Call for 2017 Insect Calendar Photos

Annapolis, MD: February 8, 2016 -- ESA is looking for outstanding photos of insects and related arthropods to grace our “World of Insects 2017 Calendar.” Photos should be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality.

Photographs will be selected by the ESA Committee on the World of Insects Calendar, and calendars will be given attendees of the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, and will also be available for purchase.

Clip-on Device Offers Protection Against Mosquitoes

Annapolis, MD: February 3, 2016 -- A product called the OFF! ® Clip-On repellent device could be an effective tool for preventing bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- the primary vector of Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and yellow fever -- according to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

Article on Mexican Bean Beetles Offers Control Tips

Annapolis, MD; February 2, 2016 -- The Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) has flown under the research radar too long, despite the fact that it has been ravaging U.S. crops for almost a century, according to Louis Nottingham, lead author of a newly published article in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

Bed bugs Have Developed Resistance to Neonics

Annapolis, MD; January 28, 2016 -- A new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology is the first to report that bed bugs have developed resistance to a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, the shortened name. Neonics are the most widely used group of insecticides today, and several products have been developed for bed bug control over the past few years that combine neonics with pyrethroids, another class of insecticide.

Entomologists to Take on Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue

Annapolis, MD; January 27, 2016 -- On March 13, 2016, in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (SEB) will host a gathering of the world’s entomological societies to discuss collaborative control options to combat one of the world’s most deadly animal species – Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that transmits Zika virus, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever.

Feeding Makes Bed Bugs More Resistant to Pesticides

Annapolis, MD; January 26, 2016 -- Many studies have been done on how effective certain pesticides are when they are applied to bed bugs. However, most have not allowed the bed bugs to take a blood meal after being exposed to pesticides, which can change the mortality rates, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

JIPM Article on Controlling Squash Bugs

Annapolis, MD; January 20, 2016 -- If there's one word that describes the squash bug (Anasa tristis), it is frustrating, according to Hélène Doughty, the lead author of an article that appears in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

"It's just a very difficult pest to control," she said. "It's definitely been a frustrating pest and a frustrating area of study."

ESA Statement on the Importance of Insect Collections

Annapolis, MD; January 19, 2016 -- The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has issued a statement about the value of entomological collections and the need to implement protections for these irreplaceable resources.

Entomological collections help scientists to rapidly identify invasive pests that affect agriculture, forestry, and human and animal health. Invasive insect and mite pests can have tremendous economic impacts (estimated at nearly $33 billion dollars annually in the U.S.).