Press Releases

Press Invitation to Attend Entomology 2012

Lanham, MD; September 19, 2012 – Nearly 3,000 insect scientists are expected to attend Entomology 2012, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, this November in Knoxville, TN. Members of the media who would like to attend can contact ESA for a complimentary press pass.

WHEN: November 11-14, 2012

WHERE: The Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee

ESA Names 2012 Award Winners

Lanham, MD; September 11, 2012 – The Entomological Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 awards. The awards will be presented at Entomology 2012, ESA's 60th Annual Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee from November 11-14, 2012.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Entomological Foundation Announces 2012 Award Winners

Lanham, MD; September 11, 2012 – The Entomological Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 awards. The awards will be presented at Entomology 2012, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Knoxville, Tennessee from November 11-14, 2012.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

ESA Names 2012 Honorary Members

Lanham, MD; August 28, 2012 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce the selection of three new entomologists as Honorary Members of the Society. Honorary Membership acknowledges those who have served ESA for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the Society that has reached an extraordinary level. Candidates for this honor are selected by the ESA Governing Board and then voted on by the ESA membership. All three will be honored at the Awards Ceremony at Entomology 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee this November.

ESA to Host 2016 International Congress of Entomology

Lanham, MD; August 23, 2012 -- ESA President Dr. Grayson C. Brown has just announced that the Entomological Society of America will host ICE 2016, the XXV International Congress of Entomology, September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Entomological Society of America Names 2012 Fellows

Lanham, MD; August 1, 2012 -- The ESA Governing Board has elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2012. 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 2012 -- ESA's 60th Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 11-14, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee:

Do the World's Smallest Flies Decapitate Ants?

Lanham, MD; July 2, 2012 -- A new species of phorid fly from Thailand is the smallest fly ever discovered. At just 0.40 millimeters in length, it is 15 times smaller than a house fly and five times smaller than a fruit fly.

The tiny fly, Euryplatea nanaknihali, is also the first of its genus to be discovered in Asia, and it belongs to a fly family (Phoridae) that is known for "decapitating" ants.

Are Brown Widow Spiders Displacing Black Widows?

Lanham, MD; July 2, 2012 -- Brown widow spiders are relatively new to North America, where they were first documented in Florida in 1935, and even newer to southern California, where they were only recently discovered in 2003. However, in the last decade they have been so successful that they may be displacing native black widow spiders. If so, the overall danger to homeowners may decrease because brown widow spider bites are less toxic than those of native western black widow spiders.

Bug-bomb Foggers Are No Match for Bed Bugs

Lanham, MD; June 3, 2012 -- Consumer products known as "bug bombs" or "foggers" have been sold for decades for use against many common household insects. However, recent research published in the Journal of Economic Entomology (JEE) shows these products to be ineffective against bed bugs.

Scientists Recommend Larger Refuges for Bt Corn

Lanham, MD; June 3, 2012 -- Transgenic crops that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have reduced reliance on insecticide sprays since 1996. Yet, just as insects become resistant to conventional insecticides, they also can evolve resistance to the Bt proteins in transgenic crops. Thus, to delay pest resistance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required farmers to plant "refuges" of crops that do not produce Bt proteins near Bt crops. But how much refuge acreage is enough?