Winter survival guide for queen bumble bees

February 5, 2021

CPR graduate student Katie Barie profiles a recent paper written by PSU Entomology's own Erin Treanore and Etya Amsalem

2021 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship

February 5, 2021

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have completed or are registered for 300 and 400 level courses in Entomology. Applications due May 1!

The business of bees

February 3, 2021

A recent study by the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University highlights the need for farmers to mitigate shrinking bee populations by providing more suitable habitats for insects to thrive.

Bug of the Month - February 2021

February 1, 2021

Bug of the Month is a student–run monthly post which highlights the diversity of insects found in Pennsylvania.

Summer weather conditions influence winter survival of honey bees

February 1, 2021

Winter survival of honey bee colonies is strongly influenced by summer temperatures and precipitation in the prior year, according to Penn State researchers, who said their findings suggest that honey bees have a "goldilocks" preferred range of summer conditions outside of which their probability of surviving the winter falls.

2021 Apes Valentes Graduate Student Award

January 31, 2021

We are now accepting applications for the for the 2021 Apes Valentes Graduate Student Award for research and other projects in pollinator biology and health!

Seeding Hope: Community members breathe life into the new Pollinator and Bird Garden at Penn State

January 28, 2021

CPR graduate student Makaylee Crone discusses the upcoming launch of the PSU Arboretum's Pollinator and Bird Garden in Spring 2021

Incentivized Programs Help Farmers Protect Pollinators

January 28, 2021

Mace Vaughan, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director, highlights programs that support bee conservation as part of PSU Entomology's Global Perspectives in IPPM seminar series.

Grozinger receives National Academy's Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

January 21, 2021

Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will receive the National Academy of Sciences' 2021 Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences for her work addressing global declines in pollinator populations.

What's The Buzz? Pollinator Garden Certification Newsletter Out Now

January 14, 2021

The Winter issue of PSU Extension's Pollinator Garden Newsletter features news stories written by Penn State Master Gardeners and CPR members. Read more about how to apply to the Pollinator Garden Certification Program here.

Climate change reduces the abundance and diversity of wild bees, study finds

January 13, 2021

Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State.

Beescape Monthly Update for January

January 7, 2021

This is another entry in our monthly updates from us here at Beescape!

Study: Bumble bees lacking high-quality habitat have higher pathogen loads

December 22, 2020

Bumble bees found in low-quality landscapes — characterized by a relative lack of spring flowers and quality nesting habitat — had higher levels of disease pathogens, as did bumble bees in areas with higher numbers of managed honey bee hives, according to research led by Penn State scientists.

Beescape Monthly Update for December

December 1, 2020

This is another entry in our monthly updates from us here at Beescape!

The "Hidden" World of Colony-Level Impacts of Neonicotinoids on Social Pollinators

December 1, 2020

Animal pollinators provide an essential service to flowering plants, worldwide.

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.