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Department of Entomology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gene Robinson speaks at LAS Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Inaugural event provides opportunity to learn from outstanding scholars

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has established the LAS Dean’s Distinguished Lecture to provide wider opportunity for people to hear from faculty who are leaders in their field. The inaugural lecture featured Gene Robinson, professor of entomology and director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.

About 200 people showed up for the event, held in the Natural History Building.

Announcing the 37th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival

The 37th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (IFFF) will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 and will be hosted by the Department of Entomology and the Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium (709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana) with film introductions starting at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free.

How changes in weather patterns could lead to more insect invasions

Dr. Esther Ngumbi (Entomology) reports on outbreaks of insect pests and insect invasions in the African continent. Currently, several African countries – including Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia – are dealing with the one of the most devastating outbreaks of desert locusts. This comes after recent fall armyworm invasions which affected more than 44 African countries. Countries also grapple with more localised pest invasions of insects like the South American tomato moth and maize stem borers.

Researchers use board game to educate students on role and importance of bees

Researchers from the Berenbaum Lab in the Department of Entomology are helping local kids gain a better understanding of bees, their life cycle, and their role in our world. Led by Dr. Bernarda Calla and Dr. Ling-Hsiu Liao, the group of researchers visited Urbana Middle School’s SPLASH (Students Playing and Learning After School Hours) program to pilot an educational board game about bees and pollination.

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

An undescribed species of bumble bee from Honduras.
Bombus new sp. (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Photo: Michelle Duennes