– March 13, 2019
This week I presented at the Eastern Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Blacksburg, VA. The meeting was very interesting, especially its special symposium on the spotted lanternfly. I enjoyed the talks, and I also was glad to participate in the poster session where I presented my poster with my current results on the lanternfly external morphology using scanning electron microscopy. I got interesting questions, several discussions, and a lot of valuable ideas. I can’t wait to start working on the paper based on our results. Bill and I also organized a symposium on novel plant-insect interactions where I presented all of my projects on grasshoppers feeding preferences on novel host plants (here is my presentation). The symposium went very well, I really enjoyed all the talks and I’m very grateful to all of our speakers for taking time to present and for basically making this symposium possible. Feels really great!