Penn State Extension Master Gardeners support bee-monitoring project in Pa.

October 6, 2021

The decline of bee populations across the United States has become headline news and is a cause of great concern. The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are doing their part to increase the baseline knowledge of bee biodiversity in Pennsylvania and to help identify changes in bee communities in the commonwealth.

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

September 28, 2021

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

'Zombie Ant' sculpture brings interactive art to Penn State Behrend

September 22, 2021

The new augmented reality project at Penn State Behrend’s School of Science complex could serve as the set for a drive-in horror movie.

Penn State Entomologists featured in upcoming Research Unplugged speaker series

September 21, 2021

The Pasto Agricultural Museum will host three “Research Unplugged” presentations Thursday afternoons in October, featuring Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences’ faculty talking about their studies in entomology.

Aquatic insects: The MVPs of stream decomposition

September 21, 2021

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

September 17, 2021

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

National society to recognize two Penn State entomologists

September 9, 2021

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.

Watch for mass movements of spotted lanternflies

September 8, 2021

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

September 8, 2021

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

September 7, 2021

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

September 2, 2021

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

Penn State centers collaborate on pollinator education project

September 2, 2021

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

September 2, 2021

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.

Bug of the Month: September

August 27, 2021

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

New Extension Note on Flower Flies by Dr. Christina Grozinger

August 26, 2021

Read about the biology and foraging habits of flower flies in this new extension note!

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

August 25, 2021

Many animals sharpen their senses when danger is lurking.

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

August 24, 2021

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.

Introducing our new Insect Biodiversity Center Education Specialist!

August 23, 2021

The IBC is expanding!  Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Heather Desorcie, who will be linking IBC outreach efforts with the arboretum and other nature learning centers across Centre County.

Beekeeping exhibit now open at the Pasto Agricultural Museum

August 12, 2021

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

August 5, 2021

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

Entomologist of the Month: August

August 1, 2021

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

August 1, 2021

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

Educators offer tips on how to manage spotted lanternflies on ornamental trees

July 28, 2021

The first step in deciding how to manage spotted lanternflies on residential properties and public spaces begins with a risk assessment, according to a Penn State Extension horticulture educator.

Agroforestry for Food Security and Climate Change in Africa

July 27, 2021

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

Insect Biodiversity Center members compete for $25,000 prize through the Penn State Nittany AI Alliance

July 26, 2021

Helping pollinators highlighted at Ag Progress Days Yard and Garden Area

July 15, 2021

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.

Penn State Arboretum to Host Pollinator Summer Camp

July 5, 2021

Graphic Design students explore pollinator biology and conservation

July 5, 2021

Entomologist of the Month: July

July 1, 2021

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

July 1, 2021

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.