Entomologist of the Month: April

April 1, 2021

Karl von Frisch is most famous for his discovery and interpretation of the honey bee dance language, for which he and his colleagues were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1973.

Bug of the Month: April

April 1, 2021

This insect’s brilliant golden and black coloration is characteristic for the nymph of a stonefly in the genus Acroneuria, which belongs to the family Perlidae, known as the “common stonefly” or “golden stonefly”. This month's factsheet was made by IBC Fellow Francesca Ferguson.

The hidden world of winter bees photo album online now!

March 30, 2021

Honey bee colonies change dramatically throughout each season. In the winter, the colony is dependent on the honey they stored during the summer and fall. View a collaborative album compiled by Grozinger lab manager, Kate Anton, and Huck Designer, Brennan Dincher featuring winter bees in one of our local bee yards!

Lanternfly's attraction to vertical silhouettes could help monitor, trap it

March 29, 2021

Like moths to a flame, spotted lanternflies are visually drawn toward and seemingly captivated by vertical objects such as utility poles, a behavior that could be valuable in predicting where the pests might be heading, according to entomologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Master Gardeners to celebrate pollinator-friendly garden program milestone

March 18, 2021

The program, which started in 2011, educates home gardeners about how to create safe havens for pollinators. A how-to guide is located on the Pollinator Garden Certification website.

Ottar Bjørnstad elected to Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

March 17, 2021

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.

When Life Gave Pennsylvania Spotted Lanternflies, Its Bees Made Spotted Lanternfly Honey

March 16, 2021

A smoky-sweet flavor, courtesy of an invasive species.

Helping Northeast Beekeepers Fight Mites

March 15, 2021

CPR Fellow Katie Barie highlights some of the extension acheivements of Dr. Kim Skyrm (President, Apiary Inspectors of America & Chief Apiary Inspector of MA), such as using IPM strategies to control the Varroa mite in managed honey bee colonies.

A wing and a prayer: Chickens, praying mantises among likely lanternfly enemies

March 15, 2021

Potential predators of the spotted lanternfly are being brought into focus thanks to shutterbugs who have captured images of birds, insects, mammals and even fish consuming the invasive planthopper.

NSF’s Discovery Files discusses “The Business of Bees”, highlighting collaborative studies between University of Pittsburgh and Penn State

March 11, 2021

A University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University study finds bees and other pollinators play an extremely important role in agriculture.

PSU Extension Note on carpenter bees out now!

March 8, 2021

Learn more about the biology and management of carpenter bees in and around your backyard by reading our new extension note.

12 receive grants for conservation and research efforts in Pennsylvania

March 7, 2021

The state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources last week awarded grants to several individuals to help support field research and other projects.

Undergraduate Research Award Funds Pollinator Photo Project

March 4, 2021

Penn State undergraduate Darya Alvarez recently completed a photography project aimed at helping viewers gain a greater appreciation of the critical role that pollinators play in the survival of terrestrial ecosystems. View her collection here. 2021 Apes Valente award applications are due April 1.

Learn about squash bees in new PSU Extension Handbook

March 2, 2021

"The Biology and Pollination of Squash Bees" is now ready for download. This booklet was developed by CPR/IBC members Margarita López-Uribe, Shelby Fleischer and Kristin Brochu

Bug of the Month - March 2021

March 1, 2021

The Spicebush Swallowtail is a common butterfly across the eastern United States.

Penn State tied for first nationally in NSF rankings reflecting research breadth

February 25, 2021

Penn State’s research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields in science and engineering, released in January 2021.

InsectEye team, which includes IBC Fellow Mathis, is selected to compete in Nittany AI Challenge!

February 25, 2021

Twenty Penn State teams with students from seven different colleges and six campuses, including for the first time Penn State World Campus, will each be awarded $500 to compete in the Prototype Phase of the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge.

A Diamond in the Pumpkin Patch

February 25, 2021

CPR graduate student Laura Jones describes the joy of discovering a rare gynandromorph squash bee during the course of her field research.

Silencing the alarm

February 17, 2021

Like a scene from a horror movie, tomato fruitworm caterpillars silence their food plants’ cries for help as they devour their leaves. That is the finding of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who said the results may yield insights into the abilities of crop plants — such as tomato and soybean — to withstand additional stressors, like climate change.

Upon retirement, Arboretum's founding director leaves growing legacy

February 16, 2021

Forest biologist Kim Steiner to conclude a nearly five-decade Penn State career in June

IPM Programs in developed v. developing countries

February 5, 2021

IBC graduate student fellow Edward 'Kwadwo' Amoah writes about Dr. Sulav Paudel's invited IBC lecture on IPM in developing countries

Winter survival guide for queen bumble bees

February 5, 2021

CPR graduate student Katie Barie profiles a recent paper written by PSU Entomology's own Erin Treanore and Etya Amsalem

Bug of the Month - February 2021

February 1, 2021

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

2021 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship

February 1, 2021

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have completed or are registered for 300 and 400 level courses in Entomology. Applications due May 1.

Summer weather conditions influence winter survival of honey bees

February 1, 2021

Winter survival of honey bee colonies is strongly influenced by summer temperatures and precipitation in the prior year, according to Penn State researchers, who said their findings suggest that honey bees have a "goldilocks" preferred range of summer conditions outside of which their probability of surviving the winter falls.

2021 Apes Valentes Graduate Student Award

January 31, 2021

We are now accepting applications for the for the 2021 Apes Valentes Graduate Student Award for research and other projects in pollinator biology and health!

Penn State entomologists devise a system to control mushroom phorid flies

January 28, 2021

In 2016, a team of researchers from the Department of Entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences launched an intensive effort to solve the problem in southeast Pennsylvania caused by mushroom phorid flies. Now their effort is expected to pay off big time.

Seeding Hope: Community members breathe life into the new Pollinator and Bird Garden at Penn State

January 28, 2021

CPR graduate student Makaylee Crone discusses the upcoming launch of the PSU Arboretum's Pollinator and Bird Garden in Spring 2021

Incentivized Programs Help Farmers Protect Pollinators

January 28, 2021

Mace Vaughan, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director, highlights programs that support bee conservation as part of PSU Entomology's Global Perspectives in IPPM seminar series.

Grozinger receives National Academy's Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

January 21, 2021

Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will receive the National Academy of Sciences' 2021 Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences for her work addressing global declines in pollinator populations.