Nomada by Laura Russo

Nomada by Laura Russo

Snow Scorpionfly taken by Graham Montgomery, Entomology undergrad

Spider Biology and Behavior

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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.

Entomology News

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Fungus creates zombie beetles that crave flowers before death

Jun 21, 2017
Cornell Entomologists uncover the previously secret death and life of Zombie Soldier Beetles 
 Don Steinkraus, Cornell Ph.D. 1987, observed the strange flower-biting behavior of soldier beetles  infected with Eryniopsis fungus. He teamed up with Ann Hajek and Jim Liebherr to tell the whole gruesome story of infection, death, and then life.
https://earth-chronicles.com/science/parasitic-fungus-turns-beetles-into-a-zombie.html Read more

Pollinator Network

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.

Engaged Entomology

EOA students Mike Wolfin and Zach Cohen have been visiting local schools educating students about different insects and arthropods while Joann Fisher has been visiting with groups like 4H, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Master Forest Owners, EAB First Detectors trying to teach the public how to identify invasive species like emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and Asian longhorned beetle.

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.

The Lost Ladybug Project has done countless outreach events nationwide and has a very interactive website in which participants can upload photos and help identify rare ladybugs across the United States.  Adults and children are asked to participate and are given numerous learning tools to help them in their search.

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.  

Giving

Many of you have fond memories of your time in the department of Entomology and your professors.  We remain committed and as passionate as ever about our science and our students.  Stay connected and help us grow!  Please consider a pledge or donation to Entomology

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