Department of
Entomology

Department of Entomology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Virus-infected honey bees more likely to gain entrance to healthy hives

Entomology professor Adam Dolezal and his colleagues found that infection with the Israeli acute paralysis virus increases the likelihood that infected bees are accepted by foreign colonies.

Study reveals unique physical, chemical properties of cicada wings

Scientists, including entomology professor Marianne Alleyne, are exploring the structural and chemical characteristics of cicada wings.

Calling all pollinator fans: University of Illinois seeks citizen scientists

For the second year, University of Illinois Extension is calling all lovers of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that keep our crops and gardens growing to join scientists in tracking their distribution and habitat use across the state.

Grad student names new treehopper species after Lady Gaga

Brendan Morris discovered a new genus and species of treehopper. He named it in honor of the musical artist Lady Gaga.

Lessons on how to effectively tackle insect invasions

Dr. Esther Ngumbi details how pest insects can be effectively managed in Africa. Kenyan food production and grazing land is under threat from a huge desert locust invasion. The insects are currently in two counties in northern Kenya and are now spreading to other Kenyan regions including Meru, Laikipia, and Rift Valley. The government has yet to quantify losses but past attacks have caused harvest losses of up to 70%.

Featured Photo

A Jerusalem cricket seen above ground in Nevada.
Stenopelmatus sp. (Orthoptera: Stenopelmatidae)
Photo: Steve Taylor