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Free Insect Fair in Lancaster, PA in March

MUSEUM MARAUDERS, A PRAYING MANTIS NURSERY, AND SPIDER FOLKLORE VISIT LANCASTER ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

AN INSECT FAIR FOR ALL AGES 

MARCH 17, 2013 10:00am – 3:00 pm.  “It’s a Bug’s World” AT THE BEST WESTERN EDEN RESORT AND SUITES

West Nile Virus Passes from Female to Eggs

Lanham, MD; March 5, 2013 -- In California, Culex mosquitoes are considered to be the principle vectors of West Nile virus (WNV), which infects birds, humans, and other mammals during the summer. In addition, these mosquitoes may also serve as overwintering reservoir hosts as the virus is passed "vertically" from female mosquito to egg, then larva, and then adult.

ESA Launches Science Policy Program

New partnership with the American Institute of Biological Sciences will enable insect scientists to engage in science policy process

Lanham, MD; February 21, 2013 -- The Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) announced today a new partnership that will provide ESA members with an even stronger voice in the nation’s science policy debates. 

Entomologists and Children Meeting in Las Cruces

Lanham, MD; February 19, 2013 -- 1,200 elementary school students are expected to attend an INSECT EXPO at New Mexico State University from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Monday, February 25 at the start of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), which will be held February 25-28 in the Ramada Palms Hotel in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Southern Insect Scientists to Meet in Baton Rouge

Lanham, MD; February 13, 2013 -- The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) will be held March 3-6, 2013 at the Hilton Baton Rouge (201 Lafayette Street) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Anurag Agrawal to Give Founders’ Memorial Lecture

Lanham, MD; February 13, 2013 -- Dr. Anurag Agrawal, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology with a joint appointment in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, has been selected to deliver the Founders’ Memorial Award lecture at Entomology 2013, the 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) to be held in Austin, Texas, November 10-13, 2013.

Call for 2014 Insect Calendar Photos

Lanham, MD; January 29, 2013 -- The Entomological Society of America is looking for the best insect photos to grace our 2014 World of Insects Calendar.  

Photos should be of the highest aesthetic and technical quality. Photographs for the calendar will be selected by the Committee on the World of Insects Calendar.

The requirements for submission of photos are:

Entomologists Offer Help to Museum of Natural History

Lanham, MD; January 7, 2013 –The Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, one of the premier research and education museums in the world, recently announced a plan to reduce the museum’s total budget by through significant reductions in research and curation support. According to Dr.

ESA Creates New Science Policy Committee

Lanham, MD; January 2, 2013 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA), at the request of ESA President Rob Wiedenmann, recently created a new Presidential Committee charged with leading the effort to establish a science policy agenda for ESA that will guide and focus the Society's outreach efforts with governments, NGOs, and other organizations. The committee's tasks will include developing a framework for gathering input from throughout the Society, and determining how actions may benefit the Society and its members.

Bed Bugs Not Repelled by Ultrasonic Devices

Lanham, MD; December 10, 2012 – Alternative means of controlling urban insect pests by using ultrasonic frequencies are available and marketed to the public. However, few of these devices have been demonstrated as being effective in repelling insect pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, or ants. Despite the lack of evidence for the efficacy of such devices, they continue to be sold and new versions targeting bed bugs are readily available.