Department of
Entomology

Entomology News

SIB's Commitment to Diversity and Equity

Dear SIB Community,

This past weekend, Chancellor Jones sent out an email with a powerful message of unity for this campus - we must come together and care for one another. He reminds us that the University of Illinois is a "community committed to the scholarship, engagement, equity, inclusion and leadership that dismantles systems that utilize power, privilege and violence to disenfranchise, diminish and destroy."

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.

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.

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%.

Announcing the 37th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival

Thank you for helping to make our 37th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (IFFF) such a great success! Hosted by the Department of Entomology and the Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA), it was held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Foellinger Auditorium at UIUC.

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.

From Spain to Champaign: How One Entomologist Switched Countries to Study Organisms

Postdoctoral researcher Rubén Martín-Blázquez is studying why certain species of North American bumble bee are drastically declining while others remain stable or thrive.