The Dreaded Lanternfly, Scourge of Agriculture, Spreads in New Jersey

August 31, 2020

The insect poses a serious threat to American crops, particularly vineyards, and inspires creative backyard methods of eliminating them.

$1.2 million grant will help researchers to develop AI tools for improving adolescents' diets

August 28, 2020

With a $1.2 million grant from Fondation Botnar, an international team of researchers will assess the feasibility of creating and launching a global-scale artificial intelligence (AI) app for mobile devices that diagnoses diet-related problems and offers nutritional advice to adolescent girls living in urban settings in Ghana and Vietnam.

Spotted lanternfly tree traps can be effective, but need careful installation

August 25, 2020

For homeowners dealing with spotted lanternfly infestations, tree traps can be a cost-effective, nonchemical option.

Reducing transmission risk of livestock disease

August 25, 2020

New research identifies livestock husbandry practices that increase transmission risk of deadly livestock virus PPRV

Merit-based NSF grant extension supports expansion of gene-editing technology

August 19, 2020

Researchers who developed an improved method of gene editing for the study of arthropods will expand the technology for use in vertebrate species such as mice, fish and birds after receiving new funding from the National Science Foundation.

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

August 18, 2020

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.

Cover crop mixtures must be 'farm-tuned' to provide maximum ecosystem services

August 18, 2020

Penn State researchers, in a recent study, were surprised to learn that they could take the exact same number of seeds from the same plants, put them in agricultural fields across the Mid-Atlantic region and get profoundly different stands of cover crops a few months later.

Penn State Scientists Grozinger and Kilpatrick featured on PolliNation Podcast

August 14, 2020

PolliNation is a podcast from Oregon State University Extension Service that tells the stories of researchers, land managers and concerned citizens who are making bold strides to improve the health of pollinators.

CuriosityStream: Locust Swarm

August 11, 2020

Devastating swarms of locusts are devouring everything in their path from Africa to India. Scientists and citizens are waging a massive war with cutting edge technology to stop the infestation from becoming a deadly plague.

Why This Year's Locust Invasion Is Setting Off Global Panic

August 11, 2020

As if 2020 hasn’t thrown enough curveballs, desert locusts are setting off a global panic.

Spotted lanternfly task force brings together expertise of scientists, agencies

August 11, 2020

Since its unwelcome arrival in Pennsylvania several years ago, the spotted lanternfly has been eating away at agricultural commodities, landscapes and the commonwealth’s bottom line.

Cicadas abuzz around Western Pennsylvania as summer progresses

August 7, 2020

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

August 7, 2020

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

August 7, 2020

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!

August 7, 2020

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).

This rare, mutant honeybee is both male and female

August 5, 2020

The insect also has yellow eyes, another rare genetic quirk. This combination of odd phenomena likely won’t happen again for a long time, experts say.

Bug of the Month - August 2020

August 3, 2020

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

Beescape Monthly Update for August

August 3, 2020

Greetings, once again, from the Beescape Team! This is another entry in our monthly updates from us here at Beescape!

How to Build a New Style Spotted Lanternfly Circle Trap

July 31, 2020

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.

Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series: Gardening for pollinators (Connie Schmotzer)

July 29, 2020

Throughout this webinar series, presenters have discussed the diversity of bees and the challenges that they face. Oftentimes people feel as if there isn’t much that they can personally do in order to help bees. However, in the final webinar of the series, Penn State Extension educator Connie Schmotzer discusses how to create a pollinator-friendly environment in your own garden.

Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series: Bee Biodiversity in Pennsylvania (Margarita López-Uribe)

July 29, 2020

Pennsylvania is home to over 430 species of bees each with their own unique traits and characteristics. In this Webinar, Dr. Margarita López-Uribe discusses the biodiversity of Pennsylvania bees and offers tips to identify major groups of bees based on their morphological traits.

Decline of Bees, Other Pollinators Threatens U.S. Crop Yields

July 29, 2020

Largest study of its kind highlights risk to global food security

Helping kids overcome their fear of sharks and other ‘scary’ animals

July 29, 2020

Penn State Entomologist, Natalie Boyle, discusses why bees are important and why we shouldn't fear them.

Penn State To Conduct 150 Coronavirus-Related Research Projects

July 29, 2020

Penn State will conduct more than 150 coronavirus-related research projects to better understand the virus, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Pa. Reports First Probable Case Of West Nile Virus

July 29, 2020

The first probable human case of West Nile virus was reported in Pennsylvania last week. It happened in the north central region of the state in Potter County. "It’s expected that we’ll start to see cases now and through the fall," Erika Machtinger, assistant professor of entomology at Penn State University, told PBS39.

Plant scientist receives grant to improve corn defenses against fall armyworm

July 29, 2020

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

July 21, 2020

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

July 20, 2020

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

July 20, 2020

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

July 20, 2020

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.