Press Releases

Hundreds of Insect Scientists Migrating to Rapid City

Annapolis, MD; June 10, 2013 -- Nearly 300 entomologists will meet June 16-19, 2013 at the Best Western Ramkota Rapid City Hotel & Conference Center in Rapid City, South Dakota as the Entomological Society of America's North Central Branch holds its 68th Annual Meeting.

Topics of discusssion will include:

- Forests pests, such as the mountain pine beetle and the emerald ash borer

- Agricultural insect pests such as the western corn rootworm, the soybean aphid, and the twospotted spider mites

- Urban insect pests, such as bed bugs and termites

How to Control Maple Tree Pests Using IPM

Annapolis, MD; June 10, 2013 -- Many maple trees share a suite of important arthropod pests that have the potential to reduce the trees' economic and aesthetic value. Now a new open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers maple tree owners information about the biology, damage, and management for the most important pests of maples with an emphasis on integrated pest management (IPM) tactics for each pest.

Chinese Wasps are Taking on the Emerald Ash Borer

Annapolis, MD; June 5, 2013 -- The emerald ash borer (EAB), a relatively new invasive insect pest, has killed tens of millions of ash trees throughout the eastern United States since it was first detected in 2002 in Michigan and Canada. This insect has the potential to kill an estimated seven billion ash trees in urban and rural forests and could cause tens of billions of dollars in damage.

Wild Turkey Damage to Crops Mostly Exaggerated

Annapolis, MD; June 5, 2013 -- As populations of wild turkeys have increased, the number of complaints about crop damage has also increased. However, a literature review which was recently published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of Integrated Pest Management, finds that these claims are mostly exaggerated.

Monsanto Academic Freedom Program for Students

Annapolis, MD; June 3, 2013 -- As part of its initiative to support students in the pursuit of their scientific careers, Monsanto has donated $45,750 to the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for a student scholarship and awards program for 2013 and 2014.

ESC to Co-locate Meeting with ICE 2016

Lanham, MD; May 15, 2013 -- The Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) recently announced that it would co-locate its 2016 annual meeting with the 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) in Orlando, Florida. They will be joined by the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the host of ICE 2016, who will also co-locate their 2016 annual meeting in Orlando. This combination of three entomology meetings is expected to be the largest gathering of scientists and experts in the history of insect science, with an expected attendance of more than 6,000 delegates.

2013 YouTube Your Entomology Contest

Lanham, MD; April 9, 2013 – ESA has begun accepting entries for the 2013 YouTube Your Entomology Video Contest. For the fifth 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 (research focus)

* Instruction (teaching focus, academic audience)

* Outreach (extension focus, non-academic audience)

* Open category (anything goes, for the uber-creative entomologist)

The rules for this year's contest are:

FMC Sending Teachers to Entomology 2013

Madison, WI; March 26, 2013 -- Mr. Timothy Anderson of Princeton High School, Princeton, N.J. and Mr. Richard W. Shevalier III of Voorhees High School, Glen Gardner, N.J. have been awarded fellowships to work with FMC scientists this summer in Ewing, N.J., one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. Anderson and Shevalier were selected based on demonstrated excellence in science teaching, and an experimental and innovative attitude in their approach to teaching.

New Handbook of Turfgrass Insects, Second Edition

Lanham, MD; March 15, 2013 -- The Entomological Society of America’s second edition of the Handbook of Turfgrass Insects is now available for purchase!

New Cicada Book Catalogs Species in US and Canada

Lanham, MD; March 15, 2013 -- The Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea: Cicadidae) of North America North of Mexico, a new book published by the Entomological Society of America, offers a comprehensive review of the North American cicada fauna and provides information on synonymies, type localities, and type material.