The Entomological Society of America’s (ESA) Annual Meeting is the largest meeting for insect scientists in the world. The meeting allows entomologists, including federal employees working for the Department of Agriculture, the US Forest Service, the US military and others, to discuss the latest research and to form networks for possible collaborative efforts in the future.

Topics include insects and other arthropods that spread diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, Lyme disease, dengue, and leishmaniasis; invasive species that damage crops, such as the brown marmorated stink bug or the kudzu bug; insects that damage American forests, such as the Asian longhorned beetle, the emerald ash borer or the gypsy moth; pollinators such as honey bees that contribute billions of dollars each year to the American economy; household insects such as cockroaches, which are known to trigger asthma, or termites, which cause billions of dollars of damage each year; and many others which are too numerous to mention here.

ESA’s Annual Meeting provides opportunities for federal employees to improve American agriculture, protect the environment, and keep American citizens and soldiers safe from insect-borne diseases.