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Insectapalooza swarms campus Oct. 28

Oct 25, 2017

The popular event, which draws up to 2,000 people each year, features hundreds of live insects, spiders and other arthropods from the collections of the Department of Entomology.

A Girl's Love For Bugs Goes Viral

Sep 19, 2017

Canadian Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs. A tweet her mom sent out about that made headlines and led to a paper the girl co-authored in a science journal. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Spencer and her co-author, scientist Morgan Jackson. [Copyright 2017 NPR]

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.

The Tompkins County Public Library STEAM book club read Beetle Boy, by M.G. Leonard,& invited Dr. Todd Ugine of CU Entomology to read it

Mar 24, 2017

The Tompkins County Public Library STEAM book club read Beetle Boy, by M.G. Leonard,& invited Dr. Todd Ugine of CU Entomology to read it

Max Helmberger's Claymation on Entomopathogenic Nematode Biology and Life and The Soil Food Web

Mar 3, 2017

Max Helmberger's Claymation videos on Entomopathogenic Nematode Biology and Life and another called The Soil Food Web

Integrating Insect, Resistance, and Floral Resource

Dec 14, 2016

Managing agricultural pests with an incomplete understanding of the impacts that tactics have on crops, pests, and other organisms poses risks for loss of short-term profits and longer-term negative impacts, such as evolved resistance and nontarget effects.

CALS Research and Extension Awards

Nov 8, 2016

Cheryl was honored on Nov 7th by CALS for her outstanding dedication and service to Entomology and the College. Congratulations!

IPM Award for Cornell researcher

Aug 9, 2016

For 25 years and Cornell University professor of entomology John Sanderson has brought the latest and safest in integrated pest management to greenhouse growers all over New York. Now, for his boundless enthusiasm and contagious love of learning, Sanderson has received an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM).

Cornell Researchers Talk Precision Ag at Field Day

Aug 3, 2016

A much newer technology used in precision agriculture applications is aerial drones. Lindsay Chamberlain, a student at Cornell who works in Ketterings’ program and with drone expert Elson Shields, talked about some of the work they are doing with drones.

Buzzing about local honeybees

Jul 16, 2016

“It is true that honeybees are facing more threats today than they did 50 years ago. In particular, new parasites have been introduced to western honeybees. Although each decade has its own stresses with beekeeping, these new threats make it particularly difficult to keep bees healthy today,” said Emma Mullen, Cornell University honey bee associate and member of department of entomology.

Cornell entomologists take fight to invasive bugs crippling NY crops

Jul 15, 2016

New York and other regions in the United States are seeing greater numbers of invasive insects that attack specialty crops due to increased levels of interstate and international trade. Entomologists at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) have taken the lead in addressing these destructive pests.

Former student wins 1st place

Jul 13, 2016

Anthony Auletta, a former Cornell Undergraduate, won 1st prize for his poster on spiders brains at the International Congress of Arachnology meetings in Golden, Colorado this week!  Both Linda Rayor, former PI, and Cole Gilbert, former advisor, were in attendance.

CCE Summer Internship

Jul 8, 2016

Lindsay Chamberlain, senior student in Plant Sciences, created a great blog about her summer research project and Elson Shields and his drone research expertise has made the cut!

gypsy moth on leaf

New pathogen takes control of gypsy moth populations

Apr 22, 2016

New pathogen takes control of gypsy moth populations | Cornell ChronicleA new fungal pathogen is killing gypsy moth caterpillars and crowding out communities of pathogens and parasites that previously destroyed these moth pests.

Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

Apr 21, 2016

In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed and herbicides, a new Cornell study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation.

$4.8 million USAID grant to improve food security

Mar 29, 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Cornell a $4.8 million, three-year grant to fight hunger and improve food security using agricultural science and technology.

What a moth's nose knows

Jan 27, 2016

What a moth's nose knows -- ScienceDaily A transplantation experiment in moths shows how the brain experiences reality through the senses

NNYADP alfalfa snout beetle project boosts growers and agribusinesses

Nov 6, 2015

NNYADP alfalfa snout beetle project boosts growers and agribusinesses | Dairy Herd ManagementCornell University entomologist Elson Shields and research support specialist Antonio Testa discovered native New York nematodes as a naturally occurring biological control for alfalfa snout beetle (ASB), and pioneered the use of the insect-attacking, microscopic worms to reduce beetle populations to manageable levels.

Caterpillar on milkweed

Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins

Nov 4, 2015

Monarch and queen caterpillars store toxic compounds from their milkweed diet to ward off predators into adulthood, a new study suggests.


Educators meet to bolster undergrad STEM outreach

Oct 14, 2015

Educators from around the nation with a strong desire to promulgate scientific knowledge and teach tomorrow’s teachers met to learn new ways to train undergraduate students in effective instruction.

Chapman Fellowship Awarded

Oct 1, 2015

The Paul J. Chapman Graduate Student Fellowship for 2015-2016 has been awarded to Heather Connelly in recognition of her many accomplishments. 

Congratulations to Cole and Emma!

Sep 28, 2015

At today's department coffee we welcomed Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate, to the Department of Entomology and congratulated Cole Gilbert on his recent promotion to full professor.

Replacing Pesticides With Genetics

Aug 31, 2015

Every spring, a host of unwelcome visitors descends on the Hansen farm in upstate New York. Diamondback moths blown in from the South threaten rows of cabbages to be sold for slaw and sauerkraut.

Organic biocontrols bust pests

Aug 26, 2015

“Soil insecticides were effective, but costly, time-consuming, didn’t cure the problem and are no longer an option,”Rulfs explains. “Adult control with foliar insecticide is ineffective.”  That’s why Rulfs Orchard was the first berry farm to test a biocontrol protocol developed by Cornell University entomologist Elson Shields. 

Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

Aug 10, 2015

"Diamondback is a serious problem for farmers in New York State and around the world – anywhere cruciferous vegetables and field crops are grown," he said. "These moths invade and attack the crops, and they are developing resistance to insecticides, so we urgently need new tools to better control them."

RNA insecticide could target specific pests

Jul 20, 2015

A novel insecticide targets a specific gene in a pest, killing only that bug species on crops and avoiding collateral damage to beneficial insects caused by today’s pesticides.

Cole Gilbert Promoted to Full Professor

Jul 1, 2015

Congratulation to Cole Gilbert on being promoted to full professor. Please be sure to congratulate Cole on this recognition of his outstanding accomplishments!

War waged on destructive beetles

May 13, 2015

Although invasive beetles may probably never be eradicated, local farmers are winning battles against them, according to experts from Ithaca’s Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.


Beetle biocontrol

Mar 11, 2015

  New research improves prospects of plum curculio control using nematodes.  New York fruit growers may have found a more effective biocontrol tool for managing plum curculio—and a new model that could be developed and used by growers elsewhere.