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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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The Tangled Lives of Social Spiders with Dr. Linda Rayor -> Monday, November 1, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Oct 28, 2021

Join Dr. Linda Rayor of the CALS Department of Entomology as she discusses the social lives of spiders, in particular the social huntsman spiders, which live a dramatic life of cooperation and conflict. What do these social spiders get out of living with tens to hundreds of their closest of kin? Find out as Dr. Rayor discusses her research on large, gorgeous social huntsman spiders and different aspects of the behavior of spiders.

Pollinator Network

Bees on Sunflower

Pollinators are essential for maintaining floral diversity and for producing many important agricultural crops that feed residents of New York and other areas of the world. 

Cornell University has a robust network of pollinator research and extension program related to all aspects of pollinator life: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity, Behavior, Pesticides, Pests, parasites, and disease, Pollinator management.  Explore the Cornell Pollinator website for information on bee research taking place at Cornell, news and upcoming events, and for a variety of extension materials related to pollinators and beekeeping.

Biocontrol Nematodes: A Future in Sustainable Pest Control

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Engaged Entomology

The Naturalist Outreach group has been visiting local classrooms and community groups to talk about the natural history, ecology, and behavior of animals and plants.  They have also created a series of videos teaching the public about an array of issues from pollination to bats to aquatic insects and more.  This group is not only teaching but trying to inspire and engage more people into science.

Insectapalooza is a one day insect fair held annually by the department bringing in families from as far as Michigan each year.  This event reaches thousands of visitors who get hands on experience learning about many different arthropods, their importance and benefits to our community.

Emprire Farm Days and the New York State Fair are two other annual events attended by the Department of Entomology where large groups of people are reached.