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.

Prizes for outstanding teaching ideas

July 17, 2020

University of Freiburg bestows the first Freiburg-Penn State Virtual Classroom Award and other prizes

NSF CAREER grant supports entomologist in study of sterility mechanisms in bees

July 15, 2020

A grant of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation will support a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in a study of mechanisms that induce sterility in social insects.

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

July 15, 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.

Save milkweed and you help save monarch butterflies

July 15, 2020

As you trim the wild edges of your property this summer, you might want to be careful of which weeds you whack. Few plants are as valuable to North American conservation as the common milkweed.

Ticks - biology, threats, protections - are focus of 10-week Penn State webinar series

July 14, 2020

Ticks, Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases and Pennsylvania’s No. 1 position in all of that will be explained in detail in a free, 10-part webinar series from Penn State Extension that begins Thursday, July 9, with weekly installments scheduled through September 17.

Murder hornets maybe not the deadly threat we thought

July 14, 2020

Asian giant hornets, which picked up the name “murder hornets” when they made headlines across the U.S. earlier this year, are probably less imposing that previously reported, according to a Penn State expert in insects.

More than 4 dozen new bee species in Pennsylvania, says Penn State study

July 14, 2020

A study of bees found in Pennsylvania has uncovered 49 species never before recorded in the state.

Invasive spotted lanternfly could threaten Western Pennsylvania trees, plants Mary Ann Thomas

July 14, 2020

Allegheny County could be overrun with the beautiful but disgusting spotted lanternfly within two years if the public doesn’t find and report them this year, according to a Penn State researcher.

Grape Growers Grapple With Increasing Population of Spotted Lanternfly

July 14, 2020

Spotted lanternflies damaged more than a quarter of Pennsylvania’s vineyards last year, and the persistent pest isn’t showing any sign of retreat this year.

Penn State researchers still need the public’s help to fight the spotted lanternfly, but a new tracking technique can help target emerging infestations

July 14, 2020

Penn State scientists have found new ways to track the spotted lanternfly and slow the spread of the plant damaging insect.