The Better of 2020 on Entomology At present


The subjects of top posts on Entomology Today in 2020 included mosquitoes that can’t stop blood-feeding (top left), a guide to integrated pest management options for Varroa destructor mites (top right), a new genus and species of trapdoor spider dubbed an “endangered living fossil” (bottom left), and perennial invasive insect of concern, the spotted lanternfly (bottom right). (Photos credits: mosquitoes: Perran Ross, Ph.D.; Varroa mite: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, public domain; spider: Jason Bond, Ph.D.; spotted lanternfly: Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

The year 2020 has been a memorable one, to say the least. Here at Entomology Today, we’ve done our best to continue bringing you updates on interesting new insect research and commentary and analysis on matters within insect science and the entomological profession.

To wrap up 2020, let’s take a look back at what caught people’s attention, both here on the blog, over on ESA’s social media channels, and in ESA’s family of journals.

After some time off for the holidays, we’ll return beginning January 4. As always, thanks for reading. See you in 2021!

2020’s Top 10 Most Viewed Entomology Today Posts

(Among posts published in 2020)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito with an abnormally large blood meal (left) next to typical engorged mosquito (right) for comparison. (Photo by Perran Ross, Ph.D.

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When a Mosquito Can’t Stop Drinking Blood, the Result Isn’t Pretty

March 19, 2020

Varroa destructor mite

Learning at Home With Bugs

March 27, 2020

bed bug - Cimex lectularius

Mosquito Hawk? Skeeter Eater? Giant Mosquito? No, No, and No

August 17, 2015

arthropod trio

How to Keep Honey Bees from Nesting in your Home

May 28, 2014

Ants Can Lift up to 5,000 Times Their own Body Weight

February 11, 2014

Here’s How to Inspect Your Trees for Emerald Ash Borer

March 7, 2016


2020’s Top ESA Social Media Posts

(Most impressions for an @EntsocAmerica tweet and ESA Facebook Page post in 2020, plus the runner-up on each platform)

Why #blacklivesmatter to entomology: “We strive to cultivate a scientific community of excellence built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect. Today, we express our sorrow for any member who has been impacted by prejudice.” READ MORE:

— Entomological Society of America (@EntsocAmerica) June 1, 2020

This weekend’s @NYTimes article on the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) has gotten gotten a lot of attention, but it has also perhaps caused some confusion. 1/4

— Entomological Society of America (@EntsocAmerica) May 4, 2020


2020’s Top ESA Journal Article Altmetric Scores

(Highest scores on Altmetric as of December 21, 2020, for articles published in 2020 in the ESA family of journals)

Plant Selection by Bumble Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Montane Riparian Habitat of California
January 28, 2020, Environmental Entomology
A Survey of Tick Surveillance and Control Practices in the United States
June 17, 2020, Journal of Medical Entomology
First Record of Carios kelleyi (Acari: Ixodida: Argasidae) in New Jersey, United States and Implications for Public Health
September 9, 2020, Journal of Medical Entomology
Why Diversity Matters Among Those Who Study Diversity
American Entomologist, Fall 2020 issue
Higher West Nile Virus Infection in Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) and Culex (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes From Lower Income Neighborhoods in Urban Baltimore, MD
December 1, 2020, Journal of Medical Entomology

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