Cicadas abuzz around Western Pennsylvania as summer progresses

The annual cicadas are buzzing in Western Pennsylvania, as the large insects emerge from underground for the hottest months of summer.

Pa., N.J. vineyards brace for invasion of the spotted lanternflies

Richard Blair knows what spotted lanternflies do to vineyards. He lost eight acres of grapevines to the invasive critters in 2017, three years after he first noticed them on his Setter Ridge Vineyards in Berks County. “We were at ground zero, so to speak,” Blair said.

How To Make A DIY Spotted Lanternfly Trap

If you thought you've seen more of the invasive spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania, you’re right.

When Is A Fly Not A Fly? When It’s The Spotted Lanternfly!

With all the attention currently on the COVID-19 Pandemic, it's little wonder that some of us haven't heard of or noticed a creature called the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF).

Bug of the Month - August 2020

Bug of the Month is a student–run monthly post which highlights the diversity of insects found in Pennsylvania.

How to Build a New Style Spotted Lanternfly Circle Trap

It is almost time to use traps or sticky bands to protect your trees from spotted lanternflies. Get ready now so you can trap lots of spotted lanternflies safely.

Plant scientist receives grant to improve corn defenses against fall armyworm

Surinder Chopra, professor of maize genetics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Cicadas are emerging to fill the air with buzz across Pennsylvania

It’s not the more famous 17-year periodical cicada, which will show up next summer across most of the state, but there will be enough buzzing to annoy those who find irritation in the insect’s incessant droning.

Biodiversity supported by Penn State solar array

An innovative project is creating a buzz around Penn State’s University Park campus, especially among the many species of pollinators that call Centre County home.

U.S. Reps. Houlahan, Thompson push for more money to research spotted lanternfly

Two federal lawmakers who represent Pennsylvania are urging their colleagues to set aside $16 million in funding to continue the research taking place to tackle the spread of the spotted lanternfly.

Fact check: Paper bags and other decoy nests do not deter wasps

The claim: Paper bags resembling wasp hives can deter the insect. For those seeking to enjoy a wasp-free summer, a July 5 Facebook post advises to look no further than a crumpled paper bag.

NSF CAREER grant supports entomologist in study of sterility mechanisms in bees

A grant of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation will support a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in a study of mechanisms that induce sterility in social insects.

Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series: Bumble bee biology and management for pollination (Erin Treanore)

In previous webinars, speakers have talked about how bees are very diverse and made up of over 20,000 distinct species. It is important to understand the different characteristics of these bee species, as they can greatly impact pollination management.

Save milkweed and you help save monarch butterflies

As you trim the wild edges of your property this summer, you might want to be careful of which weeds you whack. Few plants are as valuable to North American conservation as the common milkweed.

Ticks - biology, threats, protections - are focus of 10-week Penn State webinar series

Ticks, Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases and Pennsylvania’s No. 1 position in all of that will be explained in detail in a free, 10-part webinar series from Penn State Extension that begins Thursday, July 9, with weekly installments scheduled through September 17.

Murder hornets maybe not the deadly threat we thought

Asian giant hornets, which picked up the name “murder hornets” when they made headlines across the U.S. earlier this year, are probably less imposing that previously reported, according to a Penn State expert in insects.

More than 4 dozen new bee species in Pennsylvania, says Penn State study

A study of bees found in Pennsylvania has uncovered 49 species never before recorded in the state.

Invasive spotted lanternfly could threaten Western Pennsylvania trees, plants Mary Ann Thomas

Allegheny County could be overrun with the beautiful but disgusting spotted lanternfly within two years if the public doesn’t find and report them this year, according to a Penn State researcher.

Grape Growers Grapple With Increasing Population of Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternflies damaged more than a quarter of Pennsylvania’s vineyards last year, and the persistent pest isn’t showing any sign of retreat this year.

Penn State researchers still need the public’s help to fight the spotted lanternfly, but a new tracking technique can help target emerging infestations

Penn State scientists have found new ways to track the spotted lanternfly and slow the spread of the plant damaging insect.

Gall fly outmaneuvers host plant in game of 'Spy vs. Spy'

Over time goldenrod plants and the gall flies that feed on them have been one-upping each other in an ongoing competition for survival. Now, a team of researchers has discovered that by detecting the plants’ chemical defenses, the insects may have taken the lead.

Virgil inspires donor to create endowed professorship in College of Ag Sciences

Thanks to a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Entomology have established the Publius Vergilius Maro Professorship.

Bug of the Month - July 2020

Bug of the Month is a student–run monthly post which highlights the diversity of insects found in Pennsylvania.

Gene-edited mosquitoes are ready for the U.S. — but is the U.S. ready for them?

In mid-June, Florida’s department of agriculture and consumer services approved a plan to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild. The idea is that, when released, these mosquitoes will venture out and mate with wild mosquitoes in the area, and due to their genetic modifications, produce offspring that never fully mature — thereby reducing the mosquito population over time.

Checklist of Pa. bees documents 49 new species and some that may be endangered

A study documenting bees that are reported to occur in Pennsylvania has found the presence of 437 species, including 49 never before recorded in the state. Researchers said the resulting checklist of bees in the commonwealth also identifies species not native to North America and several native species that may be of conservation concern.

Bug of the Month - June 2020

Bug of the Month is a student–run monthly post which highlights the diversity of insects found in Pennsylvania.

Penn State Extension educator offers advice on insecticide use for lanternflies

As summer progresses — and spotted lanternflies make themselves at home just about anywhere, including on residential properties — frustrated homeowners might find themselves wrestling with the idea of using insecticides to vanquish the insect interlopers.

Pollinator project supports biodiversity at Penn State Orchard Road solar array

An innovative project is creating a buzz around Penn State’s University Park campus, especially among the many species of pollinators that call Centre County home.

TikTok Videos Reveal Tiny Bugs Living In Strawberries

Viral TikTok videos dubbed the ''Strawberry Challenge’’ have some consumers squirming.

How to build a spotted lanternfly circle trap

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that feeds on grapevines and trees. There are a variety of options for SLF management, but one way to kill a lot of SLF without using insecticides is to trap them. The immature lanternflies (called nymphs) are often blown out of the canopy of the trees where they are feeding. Nymphs then walk to the trunk of trees and climb back up to start feeding again. We can take advantage of this predictable behavior of the nymphs by using traps to catch them as they climb up trees.