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.

Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series: The three most important steps to ensuring honey bee colony survival over the long term (Dr. Robyn Underwood)

June 23, 2020

In this second installation of the “Penn State Pollinator Webinar Series”, Dr. Robyn Underwood, an Assistant Research Professor at Penn State, goes in depth on beekeeping and how to best care for colonies.

Penn State Extension webinars focus on bee biology, ecology and management

June 17, 2020

An eight-part webinar series developed by Penn State Extension aims to teach people all about bees, discussing topics as diverse as colony survival, queen bee rearing and transforming one’s garden into a pollinator-friendly habitat.

Summary of Pollinator Health Challenges: A bee’s perspective (Margarita López-Uribe)

June 9, 2020

Bees are a highly diverse group of pollinators. There are over 20,000 species of bees worldwide, 4,500 in North America, and 437 in Pennsylvania alone. Despite this variety, when people think of bees their minds tend to go to the image of a cute little honey bee living in a huge hive. However, that is not always the case. In this webinar, Dr. Margarita López-Uribe, Assistant Professor of Entomology and an Evolutionary Ecologist dispels two big myths about bees, discusses how human activity has impacted bees throughout their life cycle and provides guidance for how to make our gardens and landscape better for bees.

Beescape Monthly Update for June: Our Biggest Update Yet - Nation-wide Maps!

June 1, 2020

This is another entry in our monthly updates from us here at Beescape! As always, we will use this email list to share Beescape updates, interesting study results, and other relevant information related to Beescape and associated projects!

Penn State Extension to host a weekly pollinator webinar series beginning June 3rd

May 26, 2020

Learn about the bees in your neighborhood and how to support them by attending this summer’s free pollinator webinar series moderated by Tom Butzler and Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe from Penn State Extension. Webinars will cover a broad range of topics including drivers for bee declines, introductions to bee biology and diversity, and a discussion of what we can do as citizens to support local pollinator communities. The first seminar, ‘Pollinator Health Challenges: A bee’s perspective’, will feature Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe on Wednesday, June 3rd at 3:00 PM (ET).

Asian Giant Hornets

May 7, 2020

Asian giant hornets, which are sometimes called sparrow wasps and murder hornets, are a potentially invasive wasp from eastern Asia. A colony was found on Vancouver Island in 2019 and destroyed.

What to Do If You Find a Beehive on Your Property

May 6, 2020

Hardworking honeybees may not be your favorite houseguests, but their threatened populations and critical environmental role in pollinating crops mean you should never exterminate a thriving colony.

Rewilding our Roadways

May 5, 2020

Can Pennsylvania roadsides become canvases for vibrant arrays of wildflowers? The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) hopes so!

Beescape Monthly Update for May: What Do Bees Need in Urban Areas?

May 1, 2020

This is another entry in our monthly updates from us here at Beescape! As always, we will use this newsletter to share Beescape updates, interesting study results, and other relevant information related to Beescape and associated projects!