Picky Pollinators

This is the fifth of ten short news articles written by students, during the professional development class of Fall 2022, about each other's research.

Death by a Thousand Guts
PSU Beekeeping Club ‘caught the bug’ for treating bees
Identify night singing insects with new field guide

PSU undergraduate student Celia Graef has authored a new pocket guide which provides information about PA's most common night singing insects. Email IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie for a physical copy/copies!

Boy’s discovery reveals highly complex plant-insect interaction

A backyard discovery by 8-year-old Hugo Deans, son of Penn State Professor of Entomology Andrew Deans, eventually led to the revelation that oak galls — plant growth triggered by insects — are part of an elaborate relationship among ants, wasps and oak trees, turning a century of knowledge about plant-insect interactions on its head.

Master Gardener puppet show pairs pollinator education with catchy tunes

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners from Centre County recently debuted “POLLINATORS! The Musical,” a 30-minute production aimed at providing pollinator education in a fun and catchy way. Two upcoming performances will be held on Sept. 11 at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, Policy slated for 2023

By Chuck Gill

Student Research Spotlight - Casey Cruse

This is the second of eleven short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Student Research Spotlight - Elena Gratton

This is the first of eleven short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.

Bee Hotels at the Arboretum at Penn State: A Reflection

IBC Education Progam Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on the use of, and visitors to, the bee hotels recently installed at the PSU Arboretum's Pollinator and Bird Garden

Now Seeking Applications: Apes Valentes Undergraduate Award and Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship
Birds Biting Bad Bugs: Using Community Science for Spotted Lanternfly Research

CPR member and Entomology graduate student Anne Johnson uses community science to discover key predators of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

The impacts of modern agriculture on insect diversity

Insect Biodiversity Fellow Laura Laiton reports on how monocultural farming practices can change to better serve diverse and beneficial insect communities

Students gain research, mentoring skills in Penn State-SFU collaboration

Jordan Pietrzykoski had never conducted research before. But the junior psychology major and neuroscience minor at Saint Francis University in Loretto was looking for research opportunities to broaden her educational experience.

Entomologists to study how climate change may influence pollinator stressors

A Penn State-led team of researchers will use a newly awarded $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to examine how climate change may influence and interact with various stressors that affect the health of pollinators.

Mining for knowledge: Scientists identify bee that can aid black cherry recovery

A ground-nesting bee family — commonly known as miner bees — could play a heightened role in rebuilding black cherry populations in Pennsylvania and beyond, according to Penn State entomologists who investigated pollinators’ contributions to the valuable hardwood species.

Bug of the Month: January

We are hopping into the new year by highlighting the differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis. This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fellow Francesca Ferguson

Spotted lanternfly lore: Penn State experts clear up falsehoods about pest

With endless information available 24/7 on the internet and social media, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

Honeydew contaminated with systemic insecticides threatens beneficial insects

Neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides can contaminate honeydew, which is an important food source for beneficial insects in agroecosystems, according to an international team of researchers.

Scientists Uncover the Evolutionary Genetic Pathway That Colors Bumble Bee Stripes

Roar supercomputer provides computational power for data-intense gene expression studies.

Entomologist of the Month: January

Margaret S. Collins was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in entomology, specializing in termite diversity. She was also a civil rights activist. This factsheet was produced by Integrative Pollinator Ecology graduate student Sean Bresnahan.

David Hughes makes Newsweek’s inaugural list of 'America’s Greatest Disruptors'

Penn State entomology and biology professor David Hughes aims to be a disruptor; to him, he said, it's the way things get done.

New Frost Entomological Museum exhibit links entomology and the arts

The exhibit is open to the public and free to attend

Entomologist of the Month: December

While Charles Henry Turner studied a diverse array of topics throughout his career, some of his most influential work was on the subject of ant and bee learning and behavior. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research IPE graduate student fellow Staci Cibotti.

Insect Life Under the Leaves

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on how leaf litter benefits insects and larger ecosystems

Reflections from last week's Center for Pollinator Research Symposium

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on the success of this year's Center for Pollinator Research winter symposium

Winterizing Hives at the Arboretum at Penn State

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on preparing bee hives for their first winter at the Pollinator and Bird Garden

Penn State awarded nearly $39M for global research on threats to crops

PlantVillage at Penn State will expand thanks to a nearly $40M grant from the the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). With the USAID award, David Hughes, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security at Penn State, and his team will develop additional tools for plant pest and disease surveillance.

A Look Inside a Bee Hotel

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on this fall's solitary bee workshop, hosted by the Arboretum at Penn State

Past Winners and Current Contenders: IBC Fellows Compete in Nittany AI Challenge

Two IBC graduate student fellows, Kwadwo Amoah and Codey Mathis, will be sharing their research in upcoming AI for Good Expo!