The impacts of modern agriculture on insect diversity

January 24, 2022

Insect Biodiversity Fellow Laura Laiton reports on how monocultural farming practices can change to better serve diverse and beneficial insect communities

Mining for knowledge: Scientists identify bee that can aid black cherry recovery

January 21, 2022

A ground-nesting bee family — commonly known as miner bees — could play a heightened role in rebuilding black cherry populations in Pennsylvania and beyond, according to Penn State entomologists who investigated pollinators’ contributions to the valuable hardwood species.

Students gain research, mentoring skills in Penn State-SFU collaboration

January 20, 2022

Jordan Pietrzykoski had never conducted research before. But the junior psychology major and neuroscience minor at Saint Francis University in Loretto was looking for research opportunities to broaden her educational experience.

Entomologists to study how climate change may influence pollinator stressors

January 17, 2022

A Penn State-led team of researchers will use a newly awarded $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to examine how climate change may influence and interact with various stressors that affect the health of pollinators.

Bug of the Month: January

January 11, 2022

We are hopping into the new year by highlighting the differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis. This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fellow Francesca Ferguson

Honeydew contaminated with systemic insecticides threatens beneficial insects

January 3, 2022

Neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides can contaminate honeydew, which is an important food source for beneficial insects in agroecosystems, according to an international team of researchers.

Scientists Uncover the Evolutionary Genetic Pathway That Colors Bumble Bee Stripes

January 3, 2022

Roar supercomputer provides computational power for data-intense gene expression studies.

Entomologist of the Month: January

January 3, 2022

Margaret S. Collins was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in entomology, specializing in termite diversity. She was also a civil rights activist. This factsheet was produced by Integrative Pollinator Ecology graduate student Sean Bresnahan.

Bug of the Month: December

December 9, 2021

This caddisfly belongs to one of four genera, Rhyacophila, within the family Rhyacophilidae. This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fellow Francesca Ferguson

New Frost Entomological Museum exhibit links entomology and the arts

December 4, 2021

The exhibit is open to the public and free to attend

Entomologist of the Month: December

November 29, 2021

While Charles Henry Turner studied a diverse array of topics throughout his career, some of his most influential work was on the subject of ant and bee learning and behavior. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research IPE graduate student fellow Staci Cibotti.

Insect Life Under the Leaves

November 22, 2021

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on how leaf litter benefits insects and larger ecosystems

Reflections from last week's Center for Pollinator Research Symposium

November 22, 2021

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on the success of this year's Center for Pollinator Research winter symposium

Winterizing Hives at the Arboretum at Penn State

November 11, 2021

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on preparing bee hives for their first winter at the Pollinator and Bird Garden

A Look Inside a Bee Hotel

October 17, 2021

IBC Education Specialist Heather Desorcie reports on this fall's solitary bee workshop, hosted by the Arboretum at Penn State

Past Winners and Current Contenders: IBC Fellows Compete in Nittany AI Challenge

September 28, 2021

Two IBC graduate student fellows, Kwadwo Amoah and Codey Mathis, will be sharing their research in upcoming AI for Good Expo!

Penn State Entomologists featured in upcoming Research Unplugged speaker series

September 21, 2021

The Pasto Agricultural Museum will host three “Research Unplugged” presentations Thursday afternoons in October, featuring Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences’ faculty talking about their studies in entomology.

Aquatic insects: The MVPs of stream decomposition

September 21, 2021

Insect Biodiversity Center fellow and Ecology graduate student Francesca Ferguson highlights a recent study evaluating the role of aquatic insects as critical decomposers, globally, within stream ecosystems.

New CPR/IBC Introduction to Insects Handbook out now

September 17, 2021

Insect Biodiversity Center members come together to write educational handbook about insects, available online now!

National society to recognize two Penn State entomologists

September 9, 2021

Two entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive prestigious awards from the Entomological Society of America during its 2021 annual meeting Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology, was elected as a fellow of the society, and Flor Acevedo, assistant professor of entomology, will receive the society's Early Career Professional Research Award.

Penn State Master Gardeners aid cleanup effort at Flight 93 National Memorial

September 2, 2021

Drew Leister and more than 80 other Master Gardeners from across Pennsylvania assembled Aug. 13 at the historic site and spent the day weeding, pruning and removing plant debris

Penn State centers collaborate on pollinator education project

September 2, 2021

A recently awarded USDA grant will allow CPR researchers, alongside Center for Science and the Schools partners, to work with elementary school teachers in Pennsylvania to develop cross-disciplinary curricula that support students in understanding pollinator research in the areas of food, agriculture and natural resources.

Entomologist of the Month: September

September 2, 2021

Among the numerous achievements of Thomas Risley Odhiambo’s academic career, his founding of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) stands out as the most influential. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research graduate student fellow Staci Cibotti.

New Extension Note on Flower Flies by Dr. Christina Grozinger

August 26, 2021

Read about the biology and foraging habits of flower flies in this new extension note!

Introducing our new Insect Biodiversity Center Education Specialist!

August 23, 2021

The IBC is expanding!  Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Heather Desorcie, who will be linking IBC outreach efforts with the arboretum and other nature learning centers across Centre County.

Beekeeping exhibit now open at the Pasto Agricultural Museum

August 12, 2021

Come and check out the new exhibit, developed and curated by PSU graduate student Chauncy Hinshaw and Pasto Agricultural Museum Curator Rita Graef

Entomologist of the Month: August

August 1, 2021

Baisas pioneered the study of mosquitoes in the Philippines, and his works contributed greatly to the control of malaria. This factsheet was produced by Center for Pollinator Research graduate student fellow Katie Barie

Bug of the Month: August

August 1, 2021

This impressive looking insect is called a hellgrammite, and is the larval form of a type of dobsonfly. This factsheet was produced by Insect Biodiversity Center graduate student fello Francesca Ferguson

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.