Entomologist of the Month: January

January 3, 2022

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'

December 15, 2021

Penn State entomologist and biologist David Hughes is among a set of eight “Planet Protectors” on the list of 50 luminaries and leaders who are included in Newsweek’s inaugural list of "America’s Greatest Disruptors," for his work on PlantVillage.

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

December 15, 2021

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

Black bears could play important role in dispersal of pathogen-carrying ticks

December 13, 2021

The spread of the blacklegged tick, the primary vector for the pathogen that causes Lyme disease, may be facilitated in Pennsylvania by animals that people rarely associate with it — black bears, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

New Frost Entomological Museum exhibit links entomology and the arts

December 4, 2021

The exhibit is open to the public and free to attend

Entomologist of the Month: December

November 29, 2021

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

November 22, 2021

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

November 22, 2021

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

Hopper-Dean family helps combat global hunger with PlantVillage matching fund

November 16, 2021

PlantVillage, a platform developed by Penn State researchers that is helping tens of millions of farmers across Africa cope with the immediate challenges of climate change, will be enhanced and expanded thanks to the generosity of Jeff Dean and Heidi Hopper, whose gift includes a commitment to match other donations up to a total of $2.5 million.  

Winterizing Hives at the Arboretum at Penn State

November 11, 2021

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

November 6, 2021

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.

Popular perennial flowering plants can attract diverse mix of pollinators

October 22, 2021

Popular species of perennial flowering plants vary widely in their attractiveness to pollinators, but homeowners and landscape managers who select certain perennial cultivars can support a diverse community of pollinators in their own backyards, according to a new study from a team of Penn State researchers.

A Look Inside a Bee Hotel

October 17, 2021

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

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.