Center for Pollinator Research
& Insect Biodiversity Center

Celebrating insect diversity in science and practice
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Featured News Stories

Bug of the month, September
Bug of the Month: September

While technically not a bug, the common crayfish (Cambarus bartonii) and insects share the same phylum, Arthropoda. Learn about this native Pennsylvania specie’s life history and competition with the invasive rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus).
Lady bug
Eau de Ladybug Deters Pests

Lady bugs are important predators of aphids. Researchers at Penn State identified the key chemicals in the lady bug’s signature scent that can cause aphids to flee for fear of being devoured. The resulting “odor cocktail” is being tested as a toxin-free pesticide in different crop systems.
Adult Spotted Lanternfly caught in web
No Mercy for the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

The invasive Spotted Lanternfly from Asia could cost the states millions of dollars in crop damage in addition to an unquantifiable amount of public distress as these insects descend on valuable plants and buildings. Officials recommend squashing this pest and its offspring on sight.
Flower fly
Planting for Flower Flies
Though flies may have a bad reputation, many are actually beneficial pollinators. Find out more about flower flies and the plants and gardening practices that will nurture them from this Penn State Extension article.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, UK, Streaming Conference
Natural Processes Influencing Pollinator Health; September 21-22
Featuring world-leading researchers in pollinator health and conservation
Free online registration closes September 3
The Arboretum at Penn State Summer-Fall Programming
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