Penn State centers collaborate on pollinator education project

A recently awarded USDA grant will allow CPR researchers, alongside Center for Science and the Schools partners, to work with elementary school teachers in Pennsylvania to develop cross-disciplinary curricula that support students in understanding pollinator research in the areas of food, agriculture and natural resources.

Entomologist of the Month: September

Among the numerous achievements of Thomas Risley Odhiambo’s academic career, his founding of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) stands out as the most influential. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research graduate student fellow Staci Cibotti.

For States Dealing With the Spotted Lanternfly, the Policy Is No Mercy

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive species from Asia, is a voracious plant-eater and public nuisance that could cost state economies hundreds of millions of dollars.

Scientists use ‘smell of fear’ to ward off insect pests from crops and gardens

Many animals sharpen their senses when danger is lurking.

Bug of the Month: September

This crayfish (also known as a crawdad or crawfish) was found in Herod Run within Penn State’s Stone Valley Forest

Beekeeping exhibit now open at the Pasto Agricultural Museum

Come and check out the new exhibit, developed and curated by PSU graduate student Chauncy Hinshaw and Pasto Agricultural Museum Curator Rita Graef

PlantVillage University Seminar Summary - Dr. James Legg and Cassava Viruses

PSU IBC graduate student fellow Kwadwo Amoah shares some of the research of Dr. James Legg from IITA-Tanzania. Dr. Legg's full lecture on vector-borne diseases of cassava can be viewed on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd7S2BLNHro

Agroforestry for Food Security and Climate Change in Africa

PSU IBC graduate student fellow Kwadwo Amoah shares some of the research of Dr. Phokele Maponya from the Agricultural Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Maponya's full lecture on agroforestry practices in Africa can be viewed on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEBeUBbCRks

Entomologist of the Month: August

Baisas pioneered the study of mosquitoes in the Philippines, and his works contributed greatly to the control of malaria. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research graduate student fellow Katie Barie

Bug of the Month: August

This impressive looking insect is called a hellgrammite, and is the larval form of a type of dobsonfly. This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fello Francesca Ferguson

Helping pollinators highlighted at Ag Progress Days Yard and Garden Area

The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes is a focus of the Yard and Garden Area this year at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 10-12.

Insect Biodiversity Center members compete for $25,000 prize through the Penn State Nittany AI Alliance
Entomologist of the Month: July

Sophie Lutterlough worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), where she classified and restored hundreds of thousands of arthropods. This month's factsheet come from Entomology graduate student and Center for Pollinator Research fellow Katie Barie.

Pollinator and Bird Garden opens in The Arboretum at Penn State

People strolling through The Arboretum at Penn State are likely to see more winged creatures visiting the many flowering plants with the opening of the long-awaited Pollinator and Bird Garden the week of June 28.

Bug of the Month - July 2021

Buzz, buzz! This bumble bee species, Bombus impatiens, is also known as the Common Eastern Bumble Bee.

2021 Graduate and Undergraduate Pollinator Award Recipients

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Bug of the Month: June

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

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.

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

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

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.

Entomologist of the Month: May

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.

Bug of the Month: May

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

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

Ottar Bjørnstad elected to Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

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.

Frost Entomological Museum’s Hexapod Haiku challenge is back!

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.