Aquatic insects: The MVPs of stream decomposition

Insect Biodiversity Center fellow and Ecology graduate student Francesca Ferguson highlights a recent study evaluating the role of aquatic insects as critical decomposers, globally, within stream ecosystems.

New CPR/IBC Introduction to Insects Handbook out now

Insect Biodiversity Center members come together to write educational handbook about insects, available online now!

Watch for mass movements of spotted lanternflies

Although many homeowners have reported a greatly diminished population of the spotted lanternfly around their properties, the invaders from Asia known to attack more than 70 types of fruit and landscape trees and vines remain very much with us in at least 34 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Fly Fishing Virtual Institute to feature legendary angler Joe Humphreys

Humphreys’ protégé, George Daniel, director and lead instructor of Penn State’s fly-fishing program, designed and will host the three-part series

Armyworms wreak havoc on lawns, crops in 'unprecedented' outbreak

This year’s fall armyworm outbreak spans from as far south as Kentucky to as far north as Ontario, Penn State Entomologist John Tooker said, adding that the species, which is native to America, also has invaded China and Africa.

Penn State Master Gardeners aid cleanup effort at Flight 93 National Memorial

Drew Leister and more than 80 other Master Gardeners from across Pennsylvania assembled Aug. 13 at the historic site and spent the day weeding, pruning and removing plant debris

National society to recognize two Penn State entomologists

Two entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive prestigious awards from the Entomological Society of America during its 2021 annual meeting Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology, was elected as a fellow of the society, and Flor Acevedo, assistant professor of entomology, will receive the society's Early Career Professional Research Award.

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:

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:

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.