Susan Villarreal working in the lab

Damselfly, taken by Graham Montgomery, Entomology undergraduate

Snow Scorpionfly taken by Graham Montgomery, Entomology undergrad

Welcome to the Department of Entomology

For more than 125 years, our faculty members, staff and students have been working to advance the field of insect biology and apply that knowledge to solve problems and improve lives.

As one of the top-ranked entomology programs in the country, our work spans the globe and impacts human lives on many levels, influencing a broad range of disciplines including human and veterinary medicine, farming, biodiversity and genomics.

Entomology News

IPM Practices Lead to Healthiest Food

Mar 30, 2014
"Even more than organic production, IPM strives to use the best scientific practices to ensure safe and sustainable agricultural systems. To do this, IPM incorporates practices from conventional and organic production methods, and even biotechnology, a method that has been turned into a bogeyman, but in reality is safer for humans and the environment. IPM has been a national policy for the United States since 1993 and its implementation has resulted in dramatic decreases in the use of harmful pesticides. Much of this decrease has been due to the use of crops produced through biotechnology. As an entomologist whose goal is to develop insect management programs that protect the crop and the environment, I routinely test organic, conventional and biotech practices.  " Read more

NYS Farm Research Projects Under Way in 2014

Mar 27, 2014
Read this article about the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNTADP) which is a large part of Elson Sheilds' research here at Cornell University. "The projects serve the diverse interests of the agricultural industry of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties." Read more

Larval Debris-Carrying In Green Lacewings: Patterns And Evolution

Mar 18, 2014
The March issue of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America contains a Forum article by three Cornellians (Catherine & Maurice Tauber and their former student - Gilberto Albuquerque, PhD '95). The article features an extensive review of the widely scattered literature on debris-carrying behavior by green lacewing larvae, as well as an analysis of the habit's evolution in lacewings. C. A. Tauber, M. J. Tauber, and G. S. Albuquerque. 2014. Debris-carrying in larval Chrysopidae: Unraveling its evolutionary history. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 107: 295-314.   

Graduate student Margarita Lopez Uribe recently had a paper published in Molecular Ecology

Mar 18, 2014
Climate, Physiological Tolerance and Sex-Biased Dispersal Shape Genetic Structure of Neotropical Orchid Bees
Molecular Ecology
Margarita M. Lopez-Uribe, Kelly R. Zamudio, Carolina F. Cardoso and Bryan N. Danforth.  Understanding the impact of past climatic events on the demographic history of extant species is critical for predicting species' responses to future climate change. Palaeoclimatic instability is a major mechanism of lineage diversification in taxa with low dispersal and small geographical ranges in tropical ecosystems. However, the impact of these climatic events remains questionable for the diversification of species with high levels of gene flow and large geographical distributions. In this study, we investigate the impact of Pleistocene climate change on three Neotropical orchid bee species (Eulaema bombiformisE. meriana andE. cingulata) with transcontinental distributions and different physiological tolerances. We first generated ecological niche models to identify species-specific climatically stable areas during Pleistocene climatic oscillations. Read more here.

Something Bugging You?

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Do you have an insect, or photo of one, and want to know what it is?
Check out The Insect Diagnostic Lab where you can have a scientist identify insects and related organisms or try your own research using available photos and information to help solve your question.  

2014 Summer Research Scholars Program

Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting research projects in one of four disciplines including; Entomology, Food Science, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology/Plant-Microbe Biology

The submission deadline for all application related material is February 14, 2014