Special Issues

Insects publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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A Commemorative Issue in Appreciation of Professor David L. Denlinger: Great Advances in Insect Physiology
edited by , Serap Aksoy and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 19967 | Submission Open
Keywords: Glossina; lactation; viviparity; trypanosomiasis; sub-Saharan Africa; symbiosis; diapause; cold tolerance; circadian rhythm; endocrinology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development)
Healthy and Sustainable Beekeeping
edited by , and James D. Ellis
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8895 | Submission Open
Keywords: beekeeping; socio-economics; pest control; health monitoring; pollinator declines
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Societies and Sociality)
Pollinator Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3689 | Submission Open
Keywords: pollination; pollinators; biodiversity; insect– flower interaction; Diptera; wild bees; ecosystem; landscape; climate change
Advances in Understanding of the Ecology and Biodiversity of Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
edited by and Helen E. Roy
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1663 | Submission Open
Keywords: biology; ecology; biodiversity; conservation; evolution; invasion biology; biological control
Plant Manipulation by Insects: Galls, Green Islands, and More submission deadline 1 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4047 | Submission Open
Keywords: modulation of plant defense by insects; secreted effectors; phytohormones; effector proteins; microbial symbionts; mobilizing sinks
Insect Vectors of Human and Zoonotic Diseases submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4685 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect vectors; bloodsucking insects; vector control; tropical infectious diseases; arbovirus; vector-borne diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical and Livestock Entomology)
Research in Chemical Ecology of Insects of Significance to Forestry and Agriculture
edited by
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3818 | Submission Open
Keywords: pheromones; forest insect pests; agricultural insect pests; synthesis; biorational control by semiochemicals; alien invasives
Sustainable Approaches for Food Pest Management submission deadline 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 192 | Submission Open
Keywords: stored product pests; pest monitoring; risk assessment; integrated pest management; alternatives to insecticides; novel insecticides; hermetic storage; robotic precision; intelligent machining challenges; sustainability
New Formulations of Natural Substances against Insect Pests
edited by and Priscilla Farina
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4128 | Submission Open
Keywords: essential oils; natural substances; botanicals; insecticide; repellent; chitosan; sonication; encapsulation; formulation; stabilization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Surveillance and Control of Vectors of Zoonotic Agents submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3735 | Submission Open
Keywords: vectors; vector-borne pathogens; zoonosis; mosquitoes; ticks; sandflies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical and Livestock Entomology)
Diversity of Interactions between Mites and Insects
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2692 | Submission Open
Keywords: mites; insects; phoresy; parasitism; mutualism; symbiosis; host specificity; coevolution
Monitoring and Management of Invasive Insect Pests
edited by Yijuan Xu, Zhongshi Zhou and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 732 | Submission Open
Keywords: invasive insect pest; molecular diagnostics; remote intelligent monitoring; quarantine treatment; behavior ecology; emergency response actions; biological control; integrated pest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management (IPPM) in Pollinator-Dependent Crops submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 703 | Submission Open
Keywords: integrated pest management; pollinators; pollinator-dependent crops; ecotoxicology; pesticides
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Palm Ecosystems: Tackling Insect Challenges through Ecology and Conservation Biology, Pest Control and Biotechnology submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8538 | Submission Open
Keywords: symbiosis; biocontrol; interactions; palmivorous insects; invasive palm pests; red palm weevil; insect chemical ecology; microbial pesticides; environmental entomology; palm biotechnology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Biology and Molecular Mechanisms of Plant-Aphid Interactions
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4578 | Submission Open
Keywords: aphids; genetics; host plant defense; defense mechanism; molecular response; phytohormone; plant-aphid interaction; plant immunity; plant resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
Invertebrate Conservation: Challenges and Ways Forward
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7060 | Submission Open
Keywords: invertebrate conservation; invertebrate monitoring; ecology; invertebrate decline; threatening processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Other Arthropods and General Topics)
Diapause Regulation and Biological Control of Natural Enemy Insects
edited by , , and Jincheng Zhou
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3380 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological control; diapause; parasitoid; predators; egg parasitoid; mass production; host suitability; interspecific competition; intra-guild predation; sublethal effect; ecosystem ecology and functional ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Insects Vectors of Phytopathogenic Agents: Biology, Host-Plant Interactions, and Management
edited by and Alessia Farina
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2202 | Submission Open
Keywords: characterization; phenology; ecology and reproductive biology; trophic behavior; transmission mechanisms; multi-trophic interactions; climate change impact; integrated pest and disease management
The Emerging Role of Chromatin Remodelling in Insects submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1369 | Submission Open
Keywords: epigenetics; chromatin; insects; histone modifications; DNA methylation; phenotypic plasticity; innate immunity; insect resistance; gene expression; chromatin remodelers; DNA repair; transcription
Arthropod Reproductive Biology
edited by Lilián E. Canavoso, and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 244 | Submission Open
Keywords: arthropod; reproductive system; endocrine regulation; mating behaviors; pheromones; oogenesis; gonadotrophic cycle; courtship rituals; offspring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development)
Volatile Organic Compounds Regulating Multitrophic (Plant–Pest–Antagonist) and Multilevel (Belowground–Aboveground) Interactions
edited by Luigi Iodice, and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 220 | Submission Open
Keywords: behavioral ecology of plant– pest– insect predators’ and parasitoids’ interactions; root symbionts and induction of VOC in healthy and herbivore-attacked plants; ecophysiology of antagonists’ behaviour (EAG); volatilome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Integrated Pest Management in Agricultural Crops and Forest Ecosystems submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 21182 | Submission Open
Keywords: field crops; forest ecosystems; alternative pesticides; biological control; pheromone-based systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Insects and Their Derivatives for Human Practical Uses (Volume II) submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5631 | Submission Open
Keywords: amino acids; bioactivities; chitin; fatty acids; insect use; insect culture; legal status; nutritive value; probiotic
Tortricid Moths (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae): Biology, Ecology and Integrated Pest Management
edited by Zhen Li
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2279 | Submission Open
Keywords: Tortricid moths; monitoring and broadcasting; biological characteristic; ecological adaptability; integrated pest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Flies of Veterinary Importance: Biology, Ecology and Control submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1817 | Submission Open
Keywords: biting fly and host interactions; improved attractants; dispersal; biting fly and pathogen relationships; management of immature populations; damage thresholds in domestic animals; biting fly physiology and genetics
Insect Rearing: Reserve Forces with Commercial and Ecological Values submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1458 | Submission Open
Keywords: chitin; antimicrobial peptides; fatty acids; enzymes; frass; rearing substrate; diseases; immune system; bioactivities
Plant–Insect Vector–Pathogen Interactions
edited by and Clara Lago
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 227 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant defence; insect feeding behaviour and plant responses; plant pathogen transmission; impact of climate change on vector borne diseases; insect feeding behaviour and transmission of plant pathogens; impact of diseases on crop yield
Insect Pollinators and Pollination Service Provision
edited by and Willem De Lange
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 68 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop pollination; honeybee; native pollinators; agricultural production; landscape context
Arthropod Education (Volume II)
edited by Eileen Hebet and
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 233 | Submission Open
Keywords: arthropod education; entomology education; science education; arachnid education; STEM education; science literacy; insect education
Thermal Tolerance of Blood-Sucking Arthropods submission deadline 28 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 175 | Submission Open
Keywords: thermal stress; thermal tolerance; hematophagous; climate change; biological invasions; thermal biology; disease vectors
Aquatic Insects: Diversity, Ecology and Evolution
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3766 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquatic insects; biogeography; climate change; conservation; diversity; ecological traits; freshwater habitats; integrative taxonomy; phenology; species richness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation)
Recent Advances in Migrant Insect Pests
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2586 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect migration; flight; reproduction; overwintering; diapause; density-dependent immunity; trajectory analysis; monitoring; management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
The Close Enemy: Urban Integrated Pest Management
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1411 | Submission Open
Keywords: ants; cockroaches; termites; bed bugs; nuisance pests
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Chemical and Non-chemical Control in Stored Product Protection: Modern Methods for Old Problems submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 406 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemical and non-chemical control; durable commodities; food security; integrated pest management; post-harvest insect infestations; stored-product insects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Toxicology and Molecular Physiology of Social Insects
edited by
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3195 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect toxicology; insecticide resistance; pest control; non-target biosafety; molecular toxicology; toxicological mechanism; new pesticide formulation; nanotoxicology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development)
Challenges and Future Trends of RNA Interference in Insects
edited by Honglin Feng
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5601 | Submission Open
Keywords: RNA interference; insects; pest management; RNAi delivery; RNAi safety
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
Advances in Chemical Ecology of Plant–Insect Interactions submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1054 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect olfaction; insect– plant interactions; semiochemicals; pheromones; kairomones; allomones; electroantennography; olfactometry; biopesticides; trapping; population dynamics; pest damages; organic farming; integrated pest manage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Ecology and Evolution of Myrmecophilous Associations submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 604 | Submission Open
Keywords: myrmecophily; ants; social parasitism; mutualism; trophobiosis; host manipulation; mimicry; arthropods; plants; fungi
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation)
Infectious Diseases in Beneficial Insects: Current Status of Pébrine and Nosema Diseases and Their Progression (Volume II) submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 198 | Submission Open
Keywords: beneficial insects; silkworm; bee; microsporidia; pé brine; microsporidiosis; nosemosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Behavior and Pathology)
Diversity and Function of Collembola
edited by Liang Chang and Meixiang Gao
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 189 | Submission Open
Keywords: Collembola; global change; diversity; function; land-use type; pattern; dynamics; maintenance; conservation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation)
Biology, Physiological Ecology and Management of Invasive Ants
edited by Hironori Sakamoto
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 161 | Submission Open
Keywords: eradication; insecticide; social insect; behavior; Formicidae
Ecologically Important Symbioses in Insects
edited by
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 74 | Submission Open
Keywords: symbiosis; endosymbiosis; heritable symbiosis; host-microbe; microbiome; host-parasitoid; insect-plant; symbiont functions; symbiont mechanisms; symbiont transmission; aphids; horizontal gene transfer; ecological symbioses; Wolbachia; Spiroplasma; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development)
How the Detoxification Genes Increase Insect Resistance
edited by and Minghui Jin
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2132 | Submission Open
Keywords: detoxification genes; insects resistance; gene regulation; pesticides; Bt toxins; host plants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
Natural Metabolites as Biocontrol Agents of Insect Pests submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 552 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural metabolites; botanical insecticides; insect attractants; insect repellents; secondary metabolites; microbial toxins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Insect Pests Management: Securing Food Security, Human Health, and Natural Resources
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 474 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect detection; identification; monitoring; AI; invasive pests; pest geographical modeling; food production systems; forests; landscape; training; IPM
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Advances in Research on Parasitoids for Biological Control of Agricultural Pests
edited by and Fernanda Cingolani
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 166 | Submission Open
Keywords: augmentative biological control; conservation biological control; classical biological control; parasitoids; Diptera; Hymenoptera; agriculture; sustainability; bioinputs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Genetics and Evolution of Ladybird Beetles in Biological Control
edited by and Hao-Sen Li
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 98 | Submission Open
Keywords: ladybird beetles; biological control; evolution; population genetics; selective breeding; predator– prey interaction
Assessing Insect Pollinator Populations Using Molecular Methods—Approaches and Metrics on Species Diversity, Abundance and Genetic Diversity submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 35 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect declines; landscape genomics; molecular biology; population fitness; population genetics
Breakthrough Technologies for Future Entomology
edited by and Lloyd T. (Ted) Wilson
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 9012 | Submission Open
The Impact of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Non-target Insects and Mites
edited by
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 74 | Submission Open
Keywords: neonicotinoids; insecticide; non-target; environment; beneficials; pollinators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
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