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

Bumble bees foraging on pumpkin blossom.
Wild bees provide a bigger slice of the pie in pumpkin pollination
January 24, 2020
Pumpkin growers frequently rent managed honeybee colonies to pollinate their crops, but a recent study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology suggests wild bees may be able to do the job just as well and for free. During a three-year study, researchers at Penn State found that bumble bees and squash bees, alone, could meet the pollination demands for sufficient pumpkin production in wholesale commercial fields in Pennsylvania.
Technology that destroys pests in wood moves closer to commercialization
January 23, 2020
A technology that uses dielectric heating and radio frequency energy to destroy destructive pests lurking within wood products is closer to reaching the marketplace after a recent commercial trial at Penn State’s University Park campus.
What to do when pests become homewreckers
January 23, 2020
Shortly after Donald Dickson built a home on the five acres he owns in Gainesville, Fla., he faced a problem all too familiar to him. Within a year, termites invaded the wooden door leading to Dickson’s garage.
Nasty stuff hunters find on and in their deer: Oozing green gunk, huge warts, parasitic insects and more
January 23, 2020
A white-tailed deer, its neck bulging with huge, ugly, wart-like growths, has made startling headlines out of Alabama. But many hunters were already familiar with the grotesque growths on the buck, and many other strange things they find on and in their deer.
Study: Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually
January 23, 2020
The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that is wreaking havoc on valuable trees and vines, is costing the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million and eliminating nearly 500 jobs each year, according to a Penn State study released Thursday.