Press Releases

Call for Symposia for ICE 2016

Annapolis, MD; April 5, 2014 -- The organizers of ICE 2016, the XXV International Congress of Entomology, invite members of the global community of insect scientists to submit ideas for symposia for the 2016 meeting, which will take place September 25-30 in Orlando, Florida.

Each symposium at ICE 2016 will be 3-4 hours in length and will feature 15-minute presentations related to the symposium topic.

Stink Bug Traps May Increase Tomato Damage

Annapolis, MD; March 25, 2014 -- The invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an important pest of fruits and vegetables. To counter them, some home gardeners use pheromone-baited traps that are designed to attract, trap, and kill them. However, new research from entomologists at the University of Maryland suggests that the traps may actually increase stink bug damage to tomatoes.

Planting Cotton Early May Reduce Stink Bug Damage

Annapolis, MD; March 18, 2014 -- Stink bugs have been consistently ranked among the most damaging insect pests of cotton in the southeastern United States for the past several years. Apart from the feeding damage, stink bugs are capable of transmitting cotton seed and boll-rotting bacteria such as Pantoea agglomerans.

Entomologists Update Resistance Definitions

Annapolis, MD; March 3, 2014 -- Resistance to pesticides has now been recorded in nearly a thousand pest species, including more than 500 insects, 218 weeds, and 190 fungi that attack plants. The recorded cases of resistance in insects, mites and other arthropods, which include resistance to multiple pesticides per species, more than doubled from 5,141 in 1990 to 11,254 in 2013.

Ordinary Conditioner Removes Head Lice Eggs

Annapolis, MD; February 25, 2014 -- Eggs from head lice, also called nits, are incredibly difficult to remove. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cement them in place with a glue-like substance, making them hard to get rid of. In fact, the eggs are glued down so strongly that they will stay in place even after hair has been treated with pediculicides — substances used to kill lice.

Southern Insect Scientists Meeting in Greenville

Annapolis, MD; February 24, 2014 -- Hundreds of insect scientists and entomology students will be meeting in Greenville, SC next week as members of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) get together for their 88th annual meeting at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf & Conference Center, March 2-5, 2014.

The meeting will feature scientific presentations, student poster and paper competitions, social events, an awards ceremony, and an insect photo salon.

Kids and Insect Scientists to Meet in San Antonio

Annapolis, MD; February 19, 2014 -- 1,000 elementary school students are expected to attend an INSECT EXPO at the San Antonio El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Monday, February 24.

The Insect Expo will kick off the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), which will be held February 24-27.

Fred Gould to Present 2014 Founders' Memorial Lecture

Annapolis, MD; February 12, 2014 -- Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University (NCSU), has been selected to deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to be held in Portland, Oregon, November 16-19, 2014.

     Fred Gould (left) and Robert Rabb (right).     Fred Gould (left) and Robert Rabb (right).

Call for 2015 Insect Calendar Photos

Annapolis, MD; February 11, 2014 -- The Entomological Society of America is looking for the best insect images to grace our “2015 World of Insects Calendar.”  

Images should be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality. Photographs for the calendar will be selected by the ESA Committee on the World of Insects Calendar. The requirements for submission of images for the purposes of judging are:

1. JPG format (no more than 3000 pixels wide).

ESA Launches Military Fellows Category

Annapolis, MD; February 5, 2014 -- Since the 1930s, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to entomology by designating them ESA Fellows. Traditionally, these outstanding contributions have involved research, teaching, extension & outreach, or administration.

However, starting this year the Society will also honor military entomologists with the creation of a new category -- Military Fellows.