Department of Entomology

The Department of Entomology in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers and undergraduate minor and one of the top entomology graduate programs in the country.

Entomology News and Announcements

‘Extremely terrified:’ Wineries in Bucks facing threat from spotted lanternfly
October 17, 2019
The invasive pest has killed vines and forced the closure of wineries in Berks and Lehigh counties. Bucks County is already seeing damages, as researchers study a nearby vineyard with an eye toward solutions.
Spotted lanternflies pose serious threat to vineyards in Pa.
October 17, 2019
Pennsylvania is the fourth largest producer of wine in the country, but there's a serious threat affecting some of the vineyards in our area.
How you can help prevent an invasive bug from making Pittsburgh home
October 17, 2019
Tailgates, football games and festivals. It's a busy time for people to be zig-zagging across Pennsylvania and that's causing new fears from the state. They don't want an invasive bug, the spotted lanternfly catching a ride into our area.
Speakers to discuss hungry plants, explosive beetles and the scent of fear
October 11, 2019
Interactions between insects, predators and plants may be difficult to observe, but they contain powerful clues to how we could save our crops and natural spaces. Enter the world of entomology, where plants and beetles are the masters of natural chemical weapons and the risk of being eaten is real.
Inside the Haunted Soils. A 2019 PSU Great Insect Fair participant can be seen crawling through the tunnels. They are about to uncover a glow-in-the-dark collembollan and centipede. Photo by Tyler Ondrea Jones
Graduate student outreach showcases a world with and without insects at the 2019 PSU Great Insect Fair
October 10, 2019
Penn State Entomology graduate students were able to bring aspects of their research to the public at the annual Great Insect Fair (GIF). Located in the Snider Agricultural Arena, the GIF theme for 2019 was “A world with(out) insects” and students were able to showcase what our world would look like without some key critters and certainly what outreach efforts look like with graduate students at the forefront.