Insect Biodiversity Center members compete for $25,000 prize through the Penn State Nittany AI Alliance

July 26, 2021

Helping pollinators highlighted at Ag Progress Days Yard and Garden Area

July 15, 2021

The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes is a focus of the Yard and Garden Area this year at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 10-12.

Penn State Arboretum to Host Pollinator Summer Camp

July 5, 2021

Graphic Design students explore pollinator biology and conservation

July 5, 2021

Entomologist of the Month: July

July 1, 2021

Sophie Lutterlough worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), where she classified and restored hundreds of thousands of arthropods. This month's factsheet come from Entomology graduate student and Center for Pollinator Research fellow Katie Barie.

Pollinator and Bird Garden opens in The Arboretum at Penn State

July 1, 2021

People strolling through The Arboretum at Penn State are likely to see more winged creatures visiting the many flowering plants with the opening of the long-awaited Pollinator and Bird Garden the week of June 28.

Bug of the Month - July 2021

June 28, 2021

Buzz, buzz! This bumble bee species, Bombus impatiens, is also known as the Common Eastern Bumble Bee.

Biodiversity seed grants support innovative collaborations across Penn State

June 17, 2021

Seven Penn State faculty teams have received seed grants for biodiversity research as part of the 2021 “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in a Decade of Action” symposium, developed by Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, in collaboration with Penn State’s Sustainability Institute (SI).

2021 Graduate and Undergraduate Pollinator Award Recipients

June 10, 2021

The Apes Valentes program funds annual awards to support student-led projects in the sciences and/or arts focused on addressing aspects of pollinator health.

The Long-Awaited Pollinator and Bird Garden Will Be a ‘Magical’ Addition to The Arboretum at Penn State

June 7, 2021

The Arboretum at Penn State will soon open its newest project to the public, the Pollinator and Bird Garden, a space that aims to foster relaxation as well as education.

California’s Almond Trees Rely on Honey Bees and Wild Pollinators, but a Lack of Good Habitat is Making Their Job Harder

June 3, 2021

While global demand for almonds and other pollinated crops has tripled, the areas of the United States that need pollinators most offer them poor living conditions.

Bug of the Month: June

June 1, 2021

Imagine walking across a stream, looking down to see what you think is a penny, but when you retrieve it, you are surprised to find a little critter clinging to your finger! This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fellow Francesca Ferguson.

Entomologist of the Month: June

June 1, 2021

Seok Joo-myung is best known for his invaluable contributions to the taxonomy of Korean butterflies. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research IPE graduate student fellow Katherine Barie.

Computational scientists help enable, scale agricultural research

May 21, 2021

In her 20 years of bee research, Christina Grozinger had not faced a data management problem quite like the one she encountered in 2020.

New Entomology Course on Spiders Weaves Together Their Biological and Cultural Importance

May 11, 2021

Entomology graduate student and IBC Fellow Codey Mathis interviews Dr. Andy Deans about why spiders are so heckin' cool and discuss his upcoming Fall 2021 undergraduate spider course.

Penn State, University of Freiburg partner to form Virtual Classroom Project

May 5, 2021

In 2020, Penn State and the University of Freiburg launched a pilot program to create collaborative, integrated virtual classroom courses by providing development and implementation money to faculty teams.

Bug of the Month: May

April 30, 2021

May's insect is a mayfly in the genus Epeorus, which belongs to the family Heptageniidae, known as the “flat headed” or “Cookie-headed” mayflies. This month's factsheet was made by IBC Fellow Francesca Ferguson.

Entomologist of the Month: May

April 30, 2021

Berta Scharrer co-founded the discipline of neuroendocrinology, which is the study of how the brain regulates the production of hormones in the body. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research IPE student fellow Katherine Barie.

Cuckoo Combo: Re-Classification Makes Bombus flavidus World’s Most Widespread Bumble Bee

April 28, 2021

Most people picture bumble bees as fuzzy insects whose social colonies epitomize the idea of working together for a common purpose, but one group of bees has a less friendly approach.

10 Steps You Can Take to Support Local Biodiversity – Advice from Dr. Doug Tallamy

April 27, 2021

Center for Pollinator Research IPE Student Fellow Staci Cibotti outlines ten of Dr. Doug Tallamy's recommendations for improving local biodiversity.

PSU Insect Biodiversity Center seeks proposals for interdisciplinary workshops: Fall 2021/Spring 2022

April 26, 2021

The objective of this program is to provide IBC faculty, postdocs, staff and students opportunities to enhance their scientific network and develop new projects. Funding will support travel and lodging for individuals not based at the Penn State University Park campus, as well as refreshments and meals for workshop participants.

Dr. Christina Grozinger discusses current research in The Engineering Edge podcast

April 18, 2021

Discover how temperature sensors are helping fight the decline of one of nature’s most important pollinators.

USDA grant to support expansion of online tool for pollinator conservation

April 14, 2021

A Penn State-led research team has received a nearly $950,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to create the next generation of an online decision-support tool designed to help conserve pollinator populations across the United States.

Social bees or wasps on your property? Read our new PSU Extension Notes on their biology and management

April 13, 2021

Social organisms live together in groups and interact with others of the same species. When social insects take up residence near our homes, conflicts can arise. What to do when bees and wasps are nesting in or near the home?

Beekeeping Today podcast features Dr. Christina Grozinger: The Climate Change Impact on Bees & Floral Sources

April 12, 2021

Dr. Grozinger discusses her research on the impacts of climate change on honey bee survival, plant growing seasons, and wild bee populations.

Entomologist to examine how plant domestication influences pollinator evolution

April 7, 2021

A grant of nearly $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation will support Margarita López-Uribe, an entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, in a study examining the influence of plant domestication on the ecology and evolution of wild pollinator species in agricultural landscapes.

Frost Entomological Museum’s Hexapod Haiku challenge is back!

April 6, 2021

Ever flip a log and watch millipedes scurry away? Or seen a bumble bee buzz a flower? Have you ever opened a bag of flour, only to discover it’s infested with tiny beetles? These moments are perfect inspirations for writing haiku.

Frost Entomological Museum secures competitive NSF grant, plans to expand storage

April 5, 2021

IBC Fellow and Entomology graduate student Codey Mathis interviews Dr. Andy Deans regarding plans to expand Frost Museum storage capabilities

The Bees & the Birds

April 1, 2021

If you’ve ever watched a bee or a butterfly alight on a flower, then you have a basic idea of what Harland Patch, the director of pollinator programming at The Arboretum at Penn State, does as part of his research.

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.