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Media advisory: Insect scientists to meet in Raleigh, NC

Entomological Society of America

More than 100 insect scientists and entomology students will gather in Raleigh, North Carolina March 13th-16th, 2016 for the 90th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America. The meeting will showcase scientific presentations, student poster and paper competitions, social events, awards, and an insect photo salon.

Attendees will discuss the latest, exciting, arthropod related research, including:

  • the microbiomes of bed bug bellies
  • social insects' floral pharmacies
  • lemur-biting mosquitoes
  • the chemicals behind moth sex

They will also discuss economically and medically important bug-related topics, including:

  • disease-carrying ticks, mosquitoes, and other arthropods
  • how to reduce insecticide resistance
  • pests of economically important crops including corn, cotton, soybeans, vegetables, fruits, and turfgrass
  • cockroaches, termites and other household pests
  • honey bees and other insect pollinator ecology and diversity

In addition, students from eight universities will participate in the Linnaean Games, a popular and lively question-and-answer, college bowl-style competition on entomological facts. The first- and second-place teams will later compete on the national stage this September at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, FL.

Every year SEB also features the Insect Photo Salon, a competition to showcase amazing insect images taken by ESA members. The winning images will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon on March 15th. The deadline for submitting entries to this photo salon is March 9th, 2016.

We welcome print and web media members to come meet with the entomologists, sit in with speakers, enjoy the poster presentation, or just wander the meeting. This is an unusual opportunity to learn interesting, cutting-edge information from the experts, as well as to satisfy your curiosity about any bug-related matters.

The full, searchable program is available at

For information on the meeting please visit


Journalists interested in covering the meeting should contact Matt Bertone (email:; cell: 919-210-9857)

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit

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