Researchers from all over the world are converging on Knoxville today for 60th annual Entomological Society of America meeting. Sunday through Wednesday they will be attending talks at the convention center covering hundreds of topics from pest management and invasive species to forest ecology, pollination, insect genetics and more.
Yes, there is a symposium called "Advances against brown marmorated stink bug," an invasive species that has been overwintering in Knoxville homes the past few years. There is another presentation that asks, "Are cockroaches rational decision-makers?" Another symposium looks at delusional parasitosis, a psychological condition that makes people believe their home or body is infested with insects.
Teams from various universities will compete in the Linnaen Games, an insect-themed quiz bowl. Attendees will also go to today's UT football game and tailgate afterward with one ESA member's bluegrass band, and they will be dining and socializing around town each evening, so make them feel welcome!
ESA was kind enough to give Metro Pulse contributor Rikki Hall a press pass, so stay tuned for dispatches from the convention floor.