2021 Graduate and Undergraduate Pollinator Award Recipients

June 10, 2021

The Apes Valentes program funds annual awards to support student-led projects in the sciences and/or arts focused on addressing aspects of pollinator health.

The Long-Awaited Pollinator and Bird Garden Will Be a ‘Magical’ Addition to The Arboretum at Penn State

June 7, 2021

The Arboretum at Penn State will soon open its newest project to the public, the Pollinator and Bird Garden, a space that aims to foster relaxation as well as education.

PlantVillage team lauded for projects to protect food supply amid COVID, locusts

June 5, 2021

Penn State researchers responsible for PlantVillage, a mobile app that helps farmers diagnose crop diseases and monitor pests, have been lauded for their work to help African farmers overcome challenges related to desert locusts and COVID-19.

PlantVillage team lauded for projects to protect food supply amid COVID, locusts

June 5, 2021

Penn State researchers responsible for PlantVillage, a mobile app that helps farmers diagnose crop diseases and monitor pests, have been lauded for their work to help African farmers overcome challenges related to desert locusts and COVID-19.

Bug of the Month: June

June 1, 2021

Imagine walking across a stream, looking down to see what you think is a penny, but when you retrieve it, you are surprised to find a little critter clinging to your finger! This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fellow Francesca Ferguson.

Entomologist of the Month: June

June 1, 2021

Seok Joo-myung is best known for his invaluable contributions to the taxonomy of Korean butterflies. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research IPE graduate student fellow Katherine Barie.

Computational scientists help enable, scale agricultural research

May 21, 2021

In her 20 years of bee research, Christina Grozinger had not faced a data management problem quite like the one she encountered in 2020.

New Entomology Course on Spiders Weaves Together Their Biological and Cultural Importance

May 11, 2021

Entomology graduate student and IBC Fellow Codey Mathis interviews Dr. Andy Deans about why spiders are so heckin' cool and discuss his upcoming Fall 2021 undergraduate spider course.

Penn State, University of Freiburg partner to form Virtual Classroom Project

May 5, 2021

In 2020, Penn State and the University of Freiburg launched a pilot program to create collaborative, integrated virtual classroom courses by providing development and implementation money to faculty teams.

Bug of the Month: May

April 30, 2021

May's insect is a mayfly in the genus Epeorus, which belongs to the family Heptageniidae, known as the “flat headed” or “Cookie-headed” mayflies. This month's factsheet was made by IBC Fellow Francesca Ferguson.

Entomologist of the Month: May

April 30, 2021

Berta Scharrer co-founded the discipline of neuroendocrinology, which is the study of how the brain regulates the production of hormones in the body. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research IPE student fellow Katherine Barie.

Cuckoo Combo: Re-Classification Makes Bombus flavidus World’s Most Widespread Bumble Bee

April 28, 2021

Most people picture bumble bees as fuzzy insects whose social colonies epitomize the idea of working together for a common purpose, but one group of bees has a less friendly approach.

10 Steps You Can Take to Support Local Biodiversity – Advice from Dr. Doug Tallamy

April 27, 2021

Center for Pollinator Research IPE Student Fellow Staci Cibotti outlines ten of Dr. Doug Tallamy's recommendations for improving local biodiversity.

PSU Insect Biodiversity Center seeks proposals for interdisciplinary workshops: Fall 2021/Spring 2022

April 26, 2021

The objective of this program is to provide IBC faculty, postdocs, staff and students opportunities to enhance their scientific network and develop new projects. Funding will support travel and lodging for individuals not based at the Penn State University Park campus, as well as refreshments and meals for workshop participants.

USDA grant to support expansion of online tool for pollinator conservation

April 14, 2021

A Penn State-led research team has received a nearly $950,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to create the next generation of an online decision-support tool designed to help conserve pollinator populations across the United States.

Social bees or wasps on your property? Read our new PSU Extension Notes on their biology and management

April 13, 2021

Social organisms live together in groups and interact with others of the same species. When social insects take up residence near our homes, conflicts can arise. What to do when bees and wasps are nesting in or near the home?

Beekeeping Today podcast features Dr. Christina Grozinger: The Climate Change Impact on Bees & Floral Sources

April 12, 2021

Dr. Grozinger discusses her research on the impacts of climate change on honey bee survival, plant growing seasons, and wild bee populations.

All you need to know about the Brood X Periodical Cicada in new Penn State Extension factsheet

April 8, 2021

IBC Fellow and Entomology graduate student Codey Mathis interviews Dr. Michael Skvarla on new publication about periodical cicadas

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

April 8, 2021

A hastily formed crowdsourcing operation to contain the insects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia could help manage climate-related disasters everywhere.

Entomologist to examine how plant domestication influences pollinator evolution

April 7, 2021

A grant of nearly $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation will support Margarita López-Uribe, an entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, in a study examining the influence of plant domestication on the ecology and evolution of wild pollinator species in agricultural landscapes.

Frost Entomological Museum’s Hexapod Haiku challenge is back!

April 6, 2021

Ever flip a log and watch millipedes scurry away? Or seen a bumble bee buzz a flower? Have you ever opened a bag of flour, only to discover it’s infested with tiny beetles? These moments are perfect inspirations for writing haiku.

Frost Entomological Museum secures competitive NSF grant, plans to expand storage

April 5, 2021

IBC Fellow and Entomology graduate student Codey Mathis interviews Dr. Andy Deans regarding plans to expand Frost Museum storage capabilities

The Bees & the Birds

April 1, 2021

If you’ve ever watched a bee or a butterfly alight on a flower, then you have a basic idea of what Harland Patch, the director of pollinator programming at The Arboretum at Penn State, does as part of his research.

Entomologist of the Month: April

April 1, 2021

Karl von Frisch is most famous for his discovery and interpretation of the honey bee dance language, for which he and his colleagues were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1973.

Bug of the Month: April

April 1, 2021

This insect’s brilliant golden and black coloration is characteristic for the nymph of a stonefly in the genus Acroneuria, which belongs to the family Perlidae, known as the “common stonefly” or “golden stonefly”. This month's factsheet was made by IBC Fellow Francesca Ferguson.

The hidden world of winter bees photo album online now!

March 30, 2021

Honey bee colonies change dramatically throughout each season. In the winter, the colony is dependent on the honey they stored during the summer and fall. View a collaborative album compiled by Grozinger lab manager, Kate Anton, and Huck Designer, Brennan Dincher featuring winter bees in one of our local bee yards!

Lanternfly's attraction to vertical silhouettes could help monitor, trap it

March 29, 2021

Like moths to a flame, spotted lanternflies are visually drawn toward and seemingly captivated by vertical objects such as utility poles, a behavior that could be valuable in predicting where the pests might be heading, according to entomologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Master Gardeners to celebrate pollinator-friendly garden program milestone

March 18, 2021

The program, which started in 2011, educates home gardeners about how to create safe havens for pollinators. A how-to guide is located on the Pollinator Garden Certification website.

Ottar Bjørnstad elected to Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

March 17, 2021

ttar N. Bjørnstad, distinguished professor of entomology and biology and J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology at Penn State, has been elected to the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.

When Life Gave Pennsylvania Spotted Lanternflies, Its Bees Made Spotted Lanternfly Honey

March 16, 2021

A smoky-sweet flavor, courtesy of an invasive species.