Useful References from the Entomological Society of America

April 7, 2000
You may recall that I announced that the Entomological Society of America (ESA) published the Handbook of Corn Insects last fall. The handbook continues to be a hot seller, so you may want to order your copy now before they have to reprint it. As I have indicated, we believe it is an excellent resource for anyone who wants the most up-to-date reference on corn insects available. Seventy-six corn insect pests are discussed, and the discussions are accompanied by 158 excellent photographs, most from Marlin Rice, extension entomologist at Iowa State University. Editors of the handbook are Kevin Steffey, Marlin Rice, John All (University of Georgia), David Andow (University of Minnesota), Mike Gray, and John Van Duyn (North Carolina State University).

ESA members can order the handbook for $28.00; the cost to nonmembers is $35.00. For ordering information contact the ESA sales coordinator, (301)731-4535, ext. 3010, or e-mail You also can order the handbook by using ESA's secure order form on the Web. The Web address for the ESA pest handbook series is Click on "Order Form" after you have read the promotional material and wish to order a copy. I think it's well worth it.

ESA's Arthropod Management Tests might be a useful reference for some of you. Go to and click on "Arthropod Management Tests." ESA indicates the scope of the publication as follows: "Arthropod Management Tests publishes short reports on preliminary and routine screening tests for management of arthropods which may be beneficial (e.g., parasitoids, predators and diseases of pests, honey bees, silkworm, etc.) or harmful (e.g., pests and disease vectors of plants, animals and humans). Pest management methods reported in this publication may be those using chemical pesticides as well as other materials such as insect growth regulators, semiochemicals (pheromones, kairomones, etc.), traps, bio-control agents, pest-resistant plants and animals." The results from many insecticide efficacy trials against most of our major pests of field and forage crops are reported annually. The 1999 edition is available on-line and is fully searchable. Check it out.--Kevin Steffey

Author: Kevin Steffey