Press Releases

New Planthopper Species Found in Spain

Annapolis, MD; July 22, 2014 – Not much is known about the the genus of planthopper known as Conosimus, which now includes six species after a new one was recently discovered in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula in the Spanish city of Jaen. A description of it appears in the open-access Journal of Insect Science (see

Fewer Deer may Mean Less Lyme Disease

Annapolis, MD; July 1, 2014 – Since white-tailed deer serve as the primary host for the adult blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) — the vector for Lyme disease — scientists have wondered whether reducing the number of deer in a given area would also mean fewer cases of Lyme disease. Now, after a 13-year study was conducted, researchers in Connecticut have found that reduced deer populations can indeed lead to a reduction in Lyme disease cases.

ESA Applauds President’s Pollinator Health Strategy

Annapolis, MD; June 25, 2014 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA), the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and related disciplines, applauds President Obama’s Presidential Memorandum: Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, which was released last Friday.

Entomologists Support Specimen Collections

Annapolis, MD; June 24, 2014 – Leaders of the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section (SysEB) of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) support museum collections that house biological specimens, and encourage future collecting for conservation and management efforts.

A recent discussion between conservationists and museum curators has focused on the actual value of collecting biological specimens, and whether such collections may harm endangered species. Photographs, audio recordings, and tissue samples have even been suggested as alternatives.

Experts Available for Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Annapolis, MD; June 19, 2014 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is joining the efforts of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) and local health departments in spreading the word about Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which takes place June 22-28, 2014.

The goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important services provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.

Oxford University Press to Publish ESA Journals

Annapolis, MD; April 28, 2014 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its new partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP). Beginning in January 2015, OUP will begin publishing eight ESA journals and periodicals (see below for the list of titles).

Call for 2014 YouTube Your Entomology Contest Videos

Annapolis, MD; April 24 2014 – ESA has begun accepting entries for the 2014 YouTube Your Entomology Video Contest. For the sixth year in a row, this contest gives ESA members the opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity through video. Members may submit entries in four different categories:

* Discovery (What is exciting about your research? What did you discover that other entomologists should know?)

* Instruction (Highlight an aspect of entomology that you would like to teach to others.)

ESA to Publish the Journal of Insect Science

Annapolis, MD; April 24, 2014 – The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is very pleased to announce that it has assumed ownership of the Journal of Insect Science from the University of Wisconsin.

ESA Past President Testifies Before Congress

Annapolis, MD; April 10, 2014 – Representing the Entomological Society of America (ESA), Past President Robert Wiedenmann, Ph.D., testified today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to request robust fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Forest Service.  

FES to Co-locate with ICE 2016

Annapolis, MD; April 9, 2014 -- The Florida Entomological Society (FES) has announced that it will co-locate its 2016 annual meeting with the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE), which will be held in Orlando, FL from September 25-30, 2016.