Linda Rayor's Naturalist Outreach Event at the State Fair

State Fair Outreach Event

Planthopper, Acanalonia conica, by Graham Montgomery

Planthopper, Acanalonia conica, by Graham Montgomery

Nomada by Laura Russo

Nomada by Laura Russo

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.

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Study tracks who dengue-carrying mosquitoes bite

Sep 9, 2014
Most people bitten by dengue fever-transmitting mosquitoes in four northwestern Thai villages weren’t residents but visitors, a finding that provides new clues about the spread of the dengue virus.  According to a new study, larger people and adults are bitten significantly more often than smaller people and children. Read more

White House Protects Pollinators (and also the Monarch)

Jun 27, 2014
Monarch butterflies were hibernating in record low numbers in Mexico over the winter, but Cornell Ecologist Anurag Agrawal tells host Steve Curwood that he thinks the numbers breeding in Texas suggest the butterfly making a recovery. Read more

Kill flies by alternating pesticides, monitoring need

Jun 24, 2014
Old-fashioned fly swatters may be the most foolproof housefly killer, but for dairy farms, insecticides are the practical choice. Flies spread disease and a host of pathogens that cost farms hundreds of millions of dollars in annual losses. Unfortunately, with the repeated use of the same insecticides, flies develop resistance through genetic mutations that make these products less effective. Read more

Sex proteins may help fight mosquito-borne diseases

Jun 20, 2014
Better understanding of mosquito seminal fluid proteins – transferred from males to females during mating – may hold keys to controlling the Asian tiger mosquito, the world’s fastest-spreading invasive species, found in the U.S. and elsewhere. This mosquito is an important vector for dengue and chikungunya fevers as well as dog heartworm. Read more

ENTOM 3340 Tropical Field Entomology

Have you always wanted to study Tropical Entomology?  Now you can.  Go to this link and sign up for this Winter Session in the La Selva Field Station in Costa Rica. Students will get hands-on exposure to insect biodiversity, ecology and behavior. ENTOM 3340


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.  

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