Spring symposium, seed grants to promote transdisciplinary biodiversity research

November 17, 2020

The Sustainability Institute at Penn State is hosting transdisciplinary symposia on biodiversity throughout the spring 2021 semester.

Virtual Graduate Student Recruitment Week

November 12, 2020

Join us February 1– 5, 2021, for our Virtual Graduate Student Recruitment Week

Mind the Bees – Ralf Nauen and Colleagues Protect Pollinators Through Neonicotinoid Research

November 10, 2020

By definition and design, insecticides kill insects. The term “pest” is generally defined by a human-driven need and desire to eliminate an unwanted organism within a range of contexts. In agriculture, there will always be a need to protect crops from insect pest pressures.

Beescape Monthly Update for November

October 30, 2020

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

Pollinator Photography Project

October 27, 2020

As the 2020 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship recipient, I worked with Dr. Natalie Boyle, an Assistant Research Professor of Entomology, to create an insect photography project.

Penn State, Freiburg offer virtual course on pest and pollinator management

October 23, 2020

In February 2020, as part of a mutual effort to enhance a strategic partnership between the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and Penn State that dates back to 1998, the two universities announced the selection of two joint proposals for novel online classroom projects.

Penn State Extension to offer a new Beekeeping Winter Webinar Series

October 19, 2020

Join us for the Beekeeping Winter Webinar Series organized moderated by Tom Butzler, Robyn Underwood, and Margarita López-Uribe from Penn State Extension. These six webinars will cover a number of timely topics about beekeeping biology, basic and advanced management practices.

Pennsylvania Master Naturalists explore pollinator syndromes at Shaver’s Creek

October 5, 2020

As the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop this fall, there is still plenty of insect and pollinator activity to be seen. This October, monarch caterpillars and milkweed bugs can be observed munching on milkweed plant tissues, honey bees are making honey from fall goldenrod blooms, and katydids continue to sing each night.

Beescape Monthly Update for October

October 5, 2020

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

Designated 'no-mow' turf grass areas provide environmental, economic benefits

October 5, 2020

University Park campus practice has resulted in reduced carbon dioxide emissions and overall mowing costs, while providing stormwater protection and habitats for local wildlife

Insect Trap Finishes Month-Long Deployment

October 2, 2020

Our prototype non-lethal insect trap, developed in collaboration with Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, has successfully completed a month long deployment in Oregon.

Researchers hear more crickets and katydids 'singing in the suburbs'

October 2, 2020

The songs that crickets and katydids sing at night to attract mates can help in monitoring and mapping their populations, according to Penn State researchers, whose study of Orthoptera species in central Pennsylvania also shed light on these insects' habitat preferences.

Pennsylvania makes strides to protect its pollinators

September 25, 2020

Pollinator populations in the United States and throughout the world are in decline. Research shows that nearly one in four native bee species is imperiled and at increasing risk of extinction, while other pollinators such as butterflies, moths, beetles and various birds face similar threats.

Pennsylvania Producers & Applicators Encouraged to use FieldWatch® Program

September 24, 2020

FieldWatch® is a voluntary online program designed to help pesticide applicators view potentially sensitive crops and beehives in their area so they can make informed decisions when preparing to make an application.

Back in bloom | Penn State Arboretum's bird, pollinator garden construction continues

September 23, 2020

In early September, 50 volunteers helped in the first major round of planting at the Arboretum at Penn State’s bird and pollinator garden, which has been under construction since 2019.

Former Penn State postdoc, Clare Rittschof, receives ESA’s Early Career Innovation Award

September 23, 2020

Rittschof received the award for her groundbreaking research on honey bee behaviors and how those behaviors contribute to honey bee health.

Researchers Warn of Food-Web Threats From Common Insecticides

September 17, 2020

In light of emerging evidence showing how a commonly used class of insecticides can spread through the environment to pollinators, predators and other insects they are not intended to kill, researchers are warning about the potential for widespread environmental contamination.

Tracking foraging patterns of bees with radar

September 15, 2020

Bee health is currently compromised in response to numerous environmental stressors including poor nutrition, exposure to pesticides, and climate change.

Insect Biodiversity Center to promote insect conservation, healthy ecosystems

September 8, 2020

A newly launched center at Penn State will create a focal point for the study and conservation of insects and the ecosystems with which they interact.

Beescape Monthly Update for September

September 2, 2020

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

Help Test an App in Your Backyard While Learning About Pollinators!

September 1, 2020

Center faculty members and Insect Biodiversity Fellow Codey Mathis created an app on pollinators

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Prizes for outstanding teaching ideas

July 17, 2020

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