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

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.

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.

Engaging children in STEM during a pandemic

July 10, 2020

In recent years, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities have become popular workshops for children to increase an interest in STEM careers later in life. These activities are particularly important for female, underrepresented, and underserved populations to show that they are welcome in these types of environments. However, the pandemic has thrown a wrench into hands-on, in person activities.

Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series: Mason bee management for backyard and orchard pollination (Natalie Boyle)

July 7, 2020

Pollination by animals is essential for both agricultural and natural ecosystems. While honey bees provide the majority of managed pollination services, in this webinar the focus was on a different species of managed bees.

Virgil inspires donor to create endowed professorship in College of Ag Sciences

July 7, 2020

Thanks to a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Entomology have established the Publius Vergilius Maro Professorship.

Beescape Monthly Update for July

July 2, 2020

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

Smart Talk Tuesday: Farmers opting against tilling; Taking steps to protect pollinators

June 30, 2020

“The healthiest soil is the soil that has never been disturbed.” That sentiment was made at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last January by a former state Agriculture Department official who advocates for no till practices.

Checklist of Pa. bees documents 49 new species and some that may be endangered

June 30, 2020

A study documenting bees that are reported to occur in Pennsylvania has found the presence of 437 species, including 49 never before recorded in the state. Researchers said the resulting checklist of bees in the commonwealth also identifies species not native to North America and several native species that may be of conservation concern.

Penn State Extension: What’s the Buzz?

June 30, 2020

Inside this issue: Pollinator Garden of Merit, Outstanding Pollinator Plants, Protecting Pollinators and Pollinator Garden FAQs

Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series: "Bee nutritional ecology: from flowers to landscapes" (Christina Grozinger)

June 30, 2020

Animal mediated pollination supports nearly 90% of plant species. Animals also gain nutritional benefits from this process. Bees collect pollen from flowering plants to feed to their offspring, and thus bee and flowering plant species have coevolved to benefit both species involved.

Pollinator project supports biodiversity at Penn State Orchard Road solar array

June 29, 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.

Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series: Queen rearing basics (Kate Anton)

June 23, 2020

Beekeepers are always looking for the best ways to improve the health and productivity of their honey bee colonies.