The entomology department is excited to announce our new forest entomologist, Dr. Amy Trowbridge. Amy’s research focuses on how climate variability can alters a tree’s ability to chemically defend itself against insects. A website for the Trowbridge lab is in the works, but in the meantime, Amy can be found on Twitter as @amy_trowbridge.
Monarchs are on the move one their 2000+ mile trip to their overwintering ground in Mexico. Monarch expert, Dr. karen Oberhauser describes the biology of monarch butterflies in this interview with Wisconsin Public Radio: https://www.wpr.org/beautiful-sight-huge-wave-monarch-butterflies-prepare-migrate
It seems intuitive that bees herbivores that eat pollen and nectar. Fascinating research by Dr. Prarthana Dharampal and Dr. Shawn Steffan has found that the diet of bees can also include a significant portion of microbes which serve as a protein “meat” source. Their work was recently published in American Naturalist and Proceedings of the Royal Society B and was also featured in Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surprise-bees-need-meat/
Mice play an important role with ticks such as deer ticks, but until now some of the basic nesting habits of mice remained a mystery. A team of researchers including Dr. Susan Paskewitz, Tela Zembsch, Ryan Larson, Xia Lee, and Bieneke Bron were recently featured in the Entomological Society of America’s blog Entomology Today for their work: https://entomologytoday.org/2019/08/22/bad-roommates-study-tracks-mice-nests-finds-ticks-aplenty/
Dr. Sean Schoville and undergraduate student Mary Magnuson were recently featured in Agri-view for their work on the Colorado Potato Beetle which could help unravel the story of CPB’s resistance to insecticides: https://www.agupdate.com/agriview/news/crop/student-entomologist-sleuth-for-solutions/article_1af4d4ef-95fa-5139-b8f5-35136f428b69.html
The invasive emerald ash borer is a highly destructive insect, yet homeowners, arborists, and city foresters do have ways of fighting back according to entomologist PJ Liesch: https://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/homeowners-have-options-to-treat-ash-trees-as-borer-infestation/article_ed6bb43c-32be-58d4-a3fe-18eec9e22f84.html
Backyard barbeques often bring uninvited guests, such as scavenging yellowjackets. Extension entomologist PJ Liesch describes the “buzz” on these insects on WPR’s Central Time: https://www.wpr.org/whats-buzz-all-yellow-jackets
Time to celebrate all things insects! PJ Liesch was recently a featured guest on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the first ever Wisconsin Insect Fest event being held at the UW-Madison Kemp Natural Resources Station July 26th and 27th: https://www.wpr.org/worth-bugging-out-about-wisconsin-insect-fest-aims-celebrate-insects
Bacteria living in worms—more specifically nematodes—may act as a natural repellent against mosquitoes based on exciting research out of the Paskewitz lab. Additional research is needed, but in initial studies, the tested bacterial extract was as effective as repellents such as DEET when used at lower doses: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/health-med-fit/mosquito-repellent-could-use-bacteria-not-chemicals-uw-madison-researchers/article_45e98ae2-6412-537a-a41a-0a456503dcb1.html
A rare tick for Wisconsin was recently spotted in northern Wisconsin. Dr. Susan Paskewitz describes how this lone star tick likely hitched a ride on a bird or other animal to make it to the Eau Claire area: https://www.foxnews.com/health/lone-star-tick-wisconsin-red-meat-allergy
In an interesting twist, a recent study found that monarch butterflies raised in captivity may struggle to navigate properly during their migration. Monarch expert, Dr. Karen Oberhauser, was quoted in The Atlantic about the situation: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/hand-reared-monarch-butterflies-dont-migrate/592423/
There’s good news for monarchs according to Extension entomologist PJ Liesch in this interview with the Wisconsin State Farmer. Last year’s winter tally saw an increase in overwintering monarchs of 144%—the biggest bump in their numbers in over a decade: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2019/06/13/monarch-butterfly-populations-rebound/1445770001/
Cooler temperatures may have delayed the big start of mosquito season, but they’ll be out soon enough. When they do emerge, Dr. Susan Paskewitz and her team will be monitoring for West Nile Virus activity: https://wkow.com/news/2019/05/31/mosquito-season-prompts-west-nile-testing-in-madison/
The Tick App smartphone app from the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Disease is looking to gain a better understanding of where ticks occur. Dr. Susan Paskewitz and Dr. Lyric Bartholomay were both interviewed for this story in Wiscontext: https://www.wiscontext.org/encountering-backyard-bloodsuckers-tick-app-tracks
Field crop entomologist Bryan Jensen has been urging farmers to keep a close eye on their fields for damage as the rainy conditions have been very favorable for slugs and cutworms this spring: https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/pest-expert-says-scout-fields-early-for-slugs-cutworms/
Insect populations change over time, and retired Extension entomologist Phil Pellitteri recently spoke in Wausau to describe insect trends over the years: https://www.agupdate.com/agriview/news/business/pests-attack-change-territories/article_337cdefa-4879-5841-a017-e100a8cc051e.html
While entomophagy, or the eating of insects, may seem taboo in the US, insects are widely used around the globe as parts of human diets. One of the early leaders in the formal study of entomophagy was Dr. Gene DeFoliart—a long time member of the UW-Madison Department of Entomology. Today, entomophagy is getting reexamined for it’s potential benefits to global health and sustainability. To celebrate entomophagy, Madison is hosting the “Swarm to Table” Edible Insects Event Series in late April: https://www.swarmtotable.org/
Bed bugs are back on the scene and can show up wherever humans move them according to Extension entomologist PJ Liesch in this recent article from the Baraboo News Republic.
Dr. Susan Paskewitz recently traveled to Washington DC to meet with federal officials and speak out on behalf of the University of Wisconsin: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2019/03/26/badgers-take-powerful-message-congress/3284184002/
With insects in decline, it’s important to keep our everyday actions in mind. Dr. Karen Oberhauser discusses how backyard mosquito treatments can have impacts on other insects, including fireflies: https://madison.com/wsj/opinion/column/karen-oberhauser-to-spray-or-not-to-spray-controlling-mosquitoes/article_f862878c-b508-5292-8b83-6dce84cedad4.html
Extension entomologist PJ Liesch discusses winter survival of insects and why this year’s polar vortex might not have much of an impact on insects in this column for Wiscontext: https://www.wiscontext.org/even-polar-vortex-no-match-insects-adapted-cold-conditions
Dr. Susan Paskewitz will be giving a lectureon ticks and their role in Lyme disease at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo/Sauk County campus on Thursday, 3/14 [details for the event can be found here]
Butterflies are charismatic insects that humans readily connect with according to Karen Oberhauser. Unfortunately, butterflies also face significant declines as described in this article from the Washington Post.
Despite the brutally cold polar vortex last month, many of Wisconsin’s insects are well-adapted to the cold and we’ll still see plenty of insects this summer, says Extension entomologist PJ Liesch in this article for Madison’s Channel 3000: https://www.channel3000.com/news/bug-off-cold-weather-won-t-mean-fewer-bugs-this-summer-experts-warn/1044823901
Monarch butterflies face tough challenges, yet a recent overwintering survey found a strong incerase in monarch numbers in Mexico. Dr. Karen Oberhauser discusses monarch populations in this recent article from The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-vanishing-flights-of-the-monarch-butterfly
Each year tells a different insect story and last year didn’t disappoint. PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab describes 2018’s big insect trends in his recent column for Wiscontext: https://www.wiscontext.org/wisconsins-top-10-insect-trends-2018
Dr. Sean Schoville and Jacki Whisenant recently released Yosemite Butterflies—an interactive, digital field guide to the park’s 98 butterfly species. The app helps provide identification clues and delves into the biology, habitat and conservation status of each species in the mountainous habitat of Yosemite National Park.
The app is currently available for Android Devices and can be found on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coyotetracks.yosemitebutterflies
Did the arctic blast take out all the insects?—Not so fast, says PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab. Check out the details in this recent column by UW CALS Science Communicator Kelly April Tyrrell: https://uwmadscience.news.wisc.edu/bugs/the-polar-vortex-should-kill-bugs-right-not-so-much/
Research in the Paskewitz lab by Mayur Kajla and colleagues has recently identified a novel mosquito repellent from bacteria. Susan Paskewitz discussed the recently-published findings of this research in this interview with NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/01/16/685701729/bacteria-in-worms-make-a-mosquito-repellent-that-might-beat-deet
Department alumna (Gratton Lab) and current Xerces Society Conservation Biologist, Emma Pelton, was recently interviewed by the new York Times on the precarious status of the Monarch population in the western US: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/science/monarch-butterfly-california.html
The invasive brown marmorated stink bug has become common in some parts of Wisconsin. Extension entomologist, PJ Liesch, discussed the current situation with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2019/01/08/warm-weather-unleashes-smelly-and-destructive-stinkbugs-wisconsin/2507378002/
Dr. Karen Oberhauser discusses the many factors affecting monarch butterflies in this recent article from National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/12/monarch-butterflies-risk-extinction-climate-change/
The Village of Waunakee, Wisconsin has passed a resolution to join the effort to help increase resources for monarch butterflies. Emeritus professor and Waunakee resident, Dr. Dave Hogg, met with the Waunakee Village Board to discuss the threats facing monarchs and conservation efforts: http://www.hngnews.com/waunakee_tribune/news/government/article_b9429a07-8785-5f47-a69e-416ef978729a.html
Congratulations to Dr. Ken Raffa, who recently received the Entomological Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Lifetime Achievement Award in Entomology: https://ecals.cals.wisc.edu/2018/11/19/kenneth-raffa-receives-2018-esa-plant-insect-ecosystems-lifetime-achievement-award-in-entomology/?utm_source=ecals_email_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ecals_email_newsletter.
Since its arrival in the state in 2010, the invasive brown marmorated stink bug has spread to over 25 counties. PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab provides an update on this invasive insect on his blog What’s Crawling in the Lab: http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/insectlab/2018/11/19/bmsb-2018/
Wisconsin saw historic flooding events in late summer, which lead to unprecedented late season mosquito pressure in much of the state according to Extension entomologist PJ Liesch in his latest article for Wiscontext: https://www.wpr.org/wiscontext-why-wisconsin-saw-surge-mosquitoes-summer-2018-ended
Monarch butterflies face tough times but as monarch expert Karen Oberhauser discusses, these charismatic butterflies are an adaptable species, which offers hope for the future: https://therivardreport.com/experts-offer-caution-hope-for-monarch-butterflys-future/
A surprising number of non-native, invasive insects show up in the country and state each year. In this recent article for Wiscontext, Extension entomologist PJ Liesch describes the newly arrived purple carrot seed moth, which may be coming for herbs like dill and fennel in your garden: https://www.wpr.org/wiscontext-purple-carrot-seed-moth-lands-wisconsin
The UW Entomology Department is sad to announce the recent passing of friend and colleague, Dr. Jeff Wyman. Jeff was a long-time member of the department and served as department chair from 1984-1988. His research and Extension activities focused on vegetable crop entomology, and Jeff had a love for gardening, family, and friends. A memorial service has been set for October 4th from 4 – 7 PM at the UW-Arboretum Visitor’s Center: https://www.cressfuneralservice.com/obituary/271628/Jeffrey-Wyman/
With pollinators in decline, many folks are becoming interested in beekeeping as a hobby. PJ Liesch of the Insect Diagnostic Lab was quoted in this recent article about beekeeping and pollinator declines in the Stevens Point Journal: https://www.stevenspointjournal.com/story/news/2018/09/20/bees-stevens-point-sisters-request-may-prompt-city-ordinance/1062336002/
While Wisconsin has seen a recent boom of mosquitoes, cooler temperatures in the near future should help bring an end to mosquito season according to Dr. Susan Paskwitz in this recent article: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/booming-mosquito-population-expected-to-disappear-soon/article_6996da32-e118-58a3-9703-497bce62b62a.html
While Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland”, that wasn’t always the case. Insect Diagnostician, PJ Liesch, recently published an article with Wiscontext telling the story of how the tiny chinch bug played a role in Wisconsin’s journey to become the Dairy State: https://www.wpr.org/wiscontext-how-tiny-insect-set-stage-wisconsin-dairy
Recent heavy rains have resulted in an explosion of “floodwater” mosquitoes in many parts of Wisconsin, as Mosquito expert Susan Paskewitz describes in this recent story by the Janesville GazetteXtra: https://www.gazettextra.com/news/local/needle-nosed-pests-breeding-in-local-puddles/article_7ed32e82-687a-5cba-81c4-834a86def683.html
The University of Wisconsin Arboretum has a strong legacy of research, including many projects conducted by past and present members of the entomology department, including Dr. Karen Oberhauser and Dr. Susan Paskewitz as described in this recent piece from the Wisconsin State Farmer: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2018/08/17/living-legacy-research-uw-arboretum/1025737002/
Graduate student Audrey Simard’s research on gutstion fluid and the potential impacts on pollinators was recently featured in this article from The Country Today: http://www.thecountrytoday.com/Country-Life/Country-Life-News/2018/08/06/div-class-libPageBodyLinebreak-Student-studies-guttation-fluid-effects-on-pollinators-div.html
In a surprise for the state’s farmers, armyworms have been popping up in damaging numbers in crop fields around Wisconsin according to Integrated Pest Management specialist Bryan Jensen: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/state/2018/07/22/armyworms-living-up-their-name-farm-fields-summer/816974002/
The Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus) is a rarely encountered spider in Wisconsin according to extension entomologist PJ Liesch in this column for Wisconsin Public Radio: https://www.wpr.org/wiscontext-northern-black-widow-rare-wisconsin-sightings-spiked-2017
Researchers at UW-Madison have teamed up with colleagues at Columbia University to create and launch The Tick App to collect data on ticks encountered by the general public. Efforts at UW-Madison are being led by Dr. Bieneke Bron and Professor Susan pskewitz, who were both interviewed about the new app by the Associated Press: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2018-07-09/university-of-wisconsin-madison-launches-tick-tracking-app
No two years are the same when it comes to outdoor pests like ticks. Ticks are not only abundant this year, btu they’re showing up in more and more in residential areas, such as backyards according to Medical Entomologist Susan paskewitz in this interview with the Journal Sentinel: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/health/2018/07/03/tips-keeping-lyme-disease-ticks-out-your-backyard/752652002/
Each year, residents near Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers can experience large emergences of aquatic insects. Recently, Janesville residents have been experiencing an influx of caddisflies as discribed by Extension entomologist PJ Liesch in this interview with the Janesville GazetteXtra: https://www.gazettextra.com/news/local/caddisfly-season-in-full-flight-in-downtown-janesville/article_18f92e7a-85c9-5974-9684-ae157a7bcca8.html
Professor Claudio Gratton discusses bumble bees and the recently-launched Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade citizen science project with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Michelle Johnson: https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-bumble-bee-brigade-tracks-species-1-photo-time
With the heavy rains this spring, mosquitoes are out in full force and more are on their way. Mosquito expert Susan Paskewitz discusses the unusual mosquito abundance this season with WISC-TV News 3: https://www.channel3000.com/news/entomology-expert-rainy-weather-sets-up-potential-for-epic-mosquito-season/748637885
A proposal in Dane County is looking to create prairie habitat on the site of the Rodefeld Landfill in Westport. Professor Claudio Gratton was interviewed by NBC15 to discuss the benefits of the proposed pollinator habitat: http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Dane-County-reveals-plan-to-use-land-484102931.html
Madison Magazine recently interviewed PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab to learn about the insects that may be bugging you this Memorial Day weekend and what you can do about them: https://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/home-and-lifestyle/prevent-bugs-from-bugging-you/745670811
Recent work by graduate student Amy Wray, Professor Claudio Gratton, and others found that bats can eat a surprisingly wide variety of mosquitoes. Wray and gratton were featured in this recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/bats-really-do-eat-a-lot-of-mosquitoes-uw-study/article_8d7e704f-6ad9-5993-aff4-78fa4c59c5f9.html
In this video from Blue Sky Science, Dr. Johanne Brunet discusses nectar production in plants and the roles of insect pollinators
Professor Susan Paskewitz discusses the new Wisconsin Tick ID service to help Wisconsin residents identify ticks and make informed decisions about ticks of medical importance in this recent article: http://www.hngnews.com/sun_prairie_star/news/article_ed997a9b-9ff7-5b78-a379-6fdca95bdd75.html
Extension entomologist PJ Liesch discusses 2017’s top arthropod trends in this column for the Wiscontext website: https://www.wiscontext.org/wisconsins-top-10-trends-2017-insects-and-other-pests
With the explosion of reports of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, many Wisconsin residents are starting to meet this malodorous menace. Tune in to this recent UW-CALS podcast to learn the basics of BMSB: https://news.cals.wisc.edu/2018/04/06/stink-bugs-in-the-house-audio/.
Professor Susan Paskewitz will be the keynote speaker for the 14th annual Global Health Symposium: Advancing Health in Uncertain Times at UW-Madison on Tuesday, April 10th. Susan will be speaking on the importance of mosquitoes and ticks in the field of global health: https://ecals.cals.wisc.edu/2018/03/26/susan-paskewitz-to-be-keynote-speaker-at-2018-global-health-symposium-april-10/
The UW-Madison Entomology Department was well-represented at the recent Entomological Society of America’s North Central Branch Meeting held in Middleton, WI March 18-21, 2018. In addition to the department’s efforts in helping coordinate the meeting and fielding two teams for the Linnaean Games Competition, several students were recognized with awards at the meeting:
Olivia Cope (2nd Place—PhD Paper: P-IE Session 2)
Paul Airs (3rd Place—PhD Paper: SysEB-MUVE-PBT Session)
Bailey Lubinski (1st Place—BS Paper Session)
Jackie Whisenant (2nd Place—Triplehorn Curation Challenge)
Outreach entomologist PJ Liesch will host future dairy farmers on campus as part of the “Discover Dairy Youth Leadership Derby” on Saturday, April 7th. Students will explore the important roles that insects play in agriculture, including dairy production: https://www.dairybusiness.com/discover-dairy-have-you-invited-a-student-to-register-its-only-two-weeks-away/
Entomologist Bryan Jensen and other IPM specialists from UW-Madison and UW-Extension will be participating in an upcoming seminar geared towards the growing hops industry in Wisconsin: http://www.agupdate.com/agriview/news/crop/lazy-monk-brewing-site-for-hops-seminar/article_190b0847-a131-5a5a-978a-3e9862d3c9e6.html
Notorious crop pests like the Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) can cause major headaches for agricultural producers. Of particular concern with CPB is insecticide resistance and to better understand this Dr. Sean Schoville recently led a project to sequence the genome of this insect to help unlock its secrets: https://news.wisc.edu/colorado-potato-beetle-genome-gives-insight-into-major-agricultural-pest/
PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab discussed how insects survive the cold on a recent episode of The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio: https://www.wpr.org/hoping-cold-winter-will-kill-bugs-not-so-fast
With the frigid temperatures, many have wondered about the impacts on ticks. As Dr. Susan Paskewitz explains, ticks can survive surprisingly low temperatures and come back quickly to seek out a blood meal: http://host.madison.com/lifestyles/simplemost/will-super-cold-temperatures-kill-off-the-tick-population-for/article_b511a045-3044-5b84-b9ce-8527bbaa1a0b.html
Does all this cold weather mean there will be fewer mosquitoes next summer? Dr. Susan Paskewitz provides insight on that topic in a recent article in Popular Science: https://www.popsci.com/cold-weather-mosquitoes
PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab was recently featured in a podcast discussing the many insects like like to sneak indoors in the fall: https://www.morningagclips.com/fall-invader-insects-in-your-home/
The invasive emerald ash borer has attacking ash trees in the Midwest for over a decade, with devastating results. Dr. Chris Williamson was featured on the Big Ten Network’s show Forward Motion discussing EAB rise and impact n the US: https://news.wisc.edu/video-catching-the-bug/
Emeritus Professor Dr. Dan Mahr served as an outreach and Extension specialist in the entomology department for many years before his retirement in 2011. Mahr is continuing his outreach efforts in retirement with an event in Dodge County later this month: http://www.fdlreporter.com/story/news/local/action-advertiser/sunday-west/2017/10/18/dodge-county-master-gardener-association-meeting-discuss-cactus-and-succulents/768993001/
PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab was recently quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the activity of stinging yellowjackets and other insects this time of the year: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/10/02/close-encounters-stinging-kind-full-force/706092001/
In the aftermath of Hurricane harvey, two students from the Upper Midwestern Regional Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease, Melissa Farquhar and Erin McGlynn, have been helping trap and identify mosquitoes during the post-hurricane cleanup in Texas. Farquhar and McGlynn are helping monitor for mosquito species of medical concern and evaluating the effectiveness of control efforts. https://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-students-in-houston-to-aid-post-harvey-mosquito-control/
Entomologist Bryan Jensen and other IPM specialists from UW-Madison and UW-Extension will be participating in the upcoming annual Pest Management Updates for agricultural producers. These sessions are scheduled for Nov. 6-10 at various locations around Wisconsin. A full schedule can be found here: https://fyi.uwex.edu/fieldcroppathology/files/2017/09/2017-PMU-Schedule_Formatted.pdf
UW-Entomology alumna Nino Ridgway was mentioned in this recent article regarding Integrated pest Management and biological control on Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon, WI: http://www.thecountrytoday.com/Farm/Farm-News/2017/09/11/A-tasty-time-honored-tradition.html
Many students get their first hand-on research experience as undergraduates. Dr. Rick Lindroth discusses the importance of hands-on research experiences for undergraduates in this article: https://www.morningagclips.com/students-on-the-cutting-edge/
Pollinator gardens are a great way to attract and help pollinators and other beneficial insects as described by Dr. Claudio GRatton in this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/story/life/home-garden/2017/07/31/pollinators-paradise-delavan-garden-showcases-how-everyone-can-bee-friendly/498998001/.
Fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guedot and her team are studying the invasive Spotted Wing Drosophila to help develop better management approaches for fruit growers of the state: http://www.agriview.com/news/crop/researchers-studying-invasive-fruit-fly/article_3147eff7-00fb-5835-b45a-8bf89cf8f314.html
The CDC’s Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases directed by Drs. Lyric Bartholomay and Susan Paskewitz played a key role in the recent detection of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in Wisconsin: http://news.wisc.edu/uw-center-plays-key-role-in-finding-zika-transmitting-mosquito-in-state/
With the recent detection of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) in Wisconsin, attention has shifted to the potential threat from the Zika Virus. As Dr. Susan Paskewitz describes, the Zika Virus is not likely to be an issue in the Upper Midwest: https://www.wpr.org/mosquito-capable-carrying-zika-found-wisconsin
Larvae of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) were recently confirmed in Wisconsin for the first time. Medical entomologist Susan Paskewitz provides context for this finding in an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio: https://www.wpr.org/mosquito-capable-carrying-zika-found-wisconsin
Dr. Dan Young was recently interviewed about this year’s abundance of fireflies: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2017/07/15/huge-summer-fireflies/465234001/
Sometimes described as “nature’s fireworks”, fireflies offer amazing displays on summer evenings. PJ Liesch chats about fireflies in this podcast: https://www.morningagclips.com/fireflies-natures-fireworks/
As spring winds down and summer begins many Wisconsin residents are thinking of ticks and mosquitoes. PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab describes some simple precautions to help prevent run ins to Morning Ag Clips: https://www.morningagclips.com/mosquito-and-tick-season/
The invasive Spotted Wing Drosophila first showed up in Wisconsin in 2010 and has posed significant problems for berry and other fruit growers in the state. Fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guedot was interviewed about this destructive fruit pest by Wisconsin Public Radio: https://www.wpr.org/berry-loving-pest-threatens-fruit-crops-across-wisconsin
With over 700 million ash trees in Wisconsin, the invasive emerald ash borer is drastically affecting wooded and urban areas alike. PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab details the outlook in this article on the Wiscontext website: https://www.wiscontext.org/weathering-emerald-ash-borer-storm-wisconsin
Ever wondered about those moving “clouds of smoke” over a lake? There’s a good chance they’re a species of midge or other small fly as discussed by PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab in this recent article: http://lacrossetribune.com/jacksoncochronicle/lifestyles/recreation/midges-black-flies-and-mosquitoes-oh-my/article_72aa4d9c-fb51-5350-b2b4-237eda3f40bb.html
Memorial Day Weekend typically means lots of outdoor activities for Wisconsinites, which can increase the chances of encountering ticks. PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab describes the ABCs of tick prevention in this article from Wiscontext: https://www.wiscontext.org/abcs-tick-season-wisconsin
Although rare, the Powassan Virus is known from Wisconsin and can be carried by deer ticks. Dr. Susan Paskewitz discusses the potential impacts of Powassan virus in this recent news story: http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Tick-born-421611793.html
The UW Entomology Department’s final seminar of the spring semester will be this Friday (5/12). Friday’s seminars will highlight the Master’s research of two graduate students: Michael Falk and Stephanie Jagemann. Join us at 12 noon on Friday for this special event:
Dr. Susan Paskewitz was recently interviewed about Lyme disease and some of the other tick-borne diseases popping up in Wisconsin: http://www.wpr.org/caution-urged-avoid-tick-borne-illness
Regardless of the tick populations this year, ticks pose significant health threats to Wisconsinites. In this article from the Wiscontext website, PJ Liesch describes some of the medical concerns associated with ticks in the Midwest: https://www.wiscontext.org/lyme-disease-threat-no-matter-wisconsins-2017-forecast-deer-ticks
Honey bees across the country are facing declines due to a variety of reasons. Dr. Claudio Gratton was quoted in this recent article regarding some efforts in Wisconsin to assist beekeepers: http://www.wpr.org/help-wisconsin-bees-lawmakers-look-make-beekeeping-cheaper
PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab recently toured the northern part of the state to speak to several groups about the many beneficial insects of the state: http://www.apg-wi.com/spooner_advocate/free/pest-or-helpful-landscape-insects-topic-of-seminar/article_3281b4b6-158d-11e7-a70a-572c266a5894.html
The UW-Entomology Department recently celebrated the long and successful career of Dr. Dave Hogg. To learn more about Dave’s career and the retirement celebration, visit this page.
With tick season nearly around the corner, some portions of the country are forecasting high levels of tick activity and Lyme disease. Dr. Susan Paskewtiz describes what we might be expecting in WIsconsin this year and the importance of ticks and tick-borne illnesses in this recent article: http://www.apg-wi.com/spooner_advocate/free/wisconsin-may-dodge-lyme-disease-spike-projected-for-northeast-united/article_1ffdee6e-07f4-11e7-903b-477bd93c3471.html
Don’t forget about the excellent lineup of spring seminar speakers. Seminars are held on Fridays at 12 noon in Russell Labs 150. A full list of the spring 201 seminars can be found here.
Drs. Lyric Bartholomay and Susan Paskewitz were recently awarded a $10 Million from the CDC to establish the Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases. This project helps address issues of critical importance related to the management of vector-borne disease spread by mosquitoes and ticks in the upper Midwest. http://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/press-release/2017/02/26/cdc-awards-10-million-insect-borne-disease-center/98435664/
In this video from Blue Sky Science, Dr. Johanne Brunet explains some of the finer details of how bees produce honey.
Dr. Dan Young was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about insect populations in the state in this story titled, “Making a place for insects in our world.”
The first departmental seminar of 2017 will be next Friday (January, 20th). The speaker will be Dr. Phil Townsend of UW-Madison who will be giving a talk titled: “Light, Cameras, Action! — Spectral Measurements, Plants and Ecosystems”. Visit the seminar page for more information.
Zachary Cohen of the Schoville lab was featured in this story from Blue Sky Science about how organisms evolve and get new traits.
While winter typically isn’t known for its insect activity in Wisconsin, insects can be brought indoors on Christmas trees and firewood. PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab recently published this article on the Wiscontext website about some of these unexpected winter insects and where to find them: http://www.wiscontext.org/unexpected-winter-beasts-and-where-find-them.
Distinguished Emeritus Phil Pellitteri also spoke about Christmas tree insects on a recent episode of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller show: http://www.wpr.org/your-christmas-tree-giving-bugs-access-your-home
This Friday’s (12/9) noon colloquium lecture has been cancelled. The next seminar is scheduled on january 20th, 2017 after the start of the spring semester.
Dr. Sean Schoville was recently featured in this article for his work with local schools to develop science curriculum: http://ecals.cals.wisc.edu/2016/11/25/arms-program/
The research of Dr. Ken Raffa was recently featured in an article by the Entomological Society of America’s “Entomology Today” blog: https://entomologytoday.org/2016/11/16/ken-raffa-shares-his-passion-for-working-with-people-to-understand-insects-as-agents-of-change/.
Besides the common insects, the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab sees a number of unusual creatures show up each year. PJ Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab recently shared stories about some of these unusual cases, ranging from fire ants to brown recluse spiders on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show: http://www.wpr.org/entomologist-weird-creatures-found-wisconsin-year.
The department is proud to announce that Dr. Rick Lindroth has recently been awarded the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship.
Dr. Shawn Steffan was recently featured in this video discussing the complexities of fungicides and their potential effects on bumble bees:
This years’ Doane Lecture will be present by Dr. Angela Douglas on Friday, October 21st at 12 noon in Russell Labs 150. Dr. Douglas’s talk is titled, “The Multi-Organismal Animal: Insights from gut microbes of Drosophila fruit”. http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/ento/department/doane-lecture/
Graduate student Jeremy Hemberger talks about butterflies and cocoons in this video from Blue Sky Science: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/science/blue-sky-science-why-do-butterflies-stay-in-a-cocoon/article_34043641-ee2f-5a4f-b401-e685d9fe5cc5.html
As Christelle Guedot and Janet van Zoeren explain in this article from WisContext.org, the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is currently quite active in Wisconsin and is searching for overwintering spots, including homes: http://www.wiscontext.org/invasive-stink-bug-moves-homes-and-crops-wisconsin
Entomologist Bryan Jensen and other IPM specialists from UW-Madison and UW-Extension will be participating in the upcoming annual Pest Management Updates for agricultural producers. These sessions are scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at various locations around Wisconsin: http://www.agriview.com/briefs/crop/pest-management-update-series-has-new-format/article_6fa89860-a1d7-594d-89bd-332e919b0510.html.
Ice crawler (Grylloblattodea) expert Dr. Sean Schoville was recently featured in this story about solving an entomological mystery in the Canadian Rockies: http://biographic.com/posts/sto/bugs-on-ice
Eugene Woller, a beekeeper and UW-Entomology department alum, is a well-known local entrepreneur who developed “Gentle Breeze Honey”. This successful business was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal: http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/entrepreneur-s-beekeeping-hobby-evolves-into-successful-business-venture/article_1ad672cd-194b-5ae0-9b3b-30b7e854abc0.html.
Dr. Chris Williamson recently coordinated the National Turfgrass Entomology Workshop in Sheboygan, WI. The workshop was attended by over 75 turfgrass entomologists, turfgrass managers, and industry members. A featured theme of the workshop was the protection of pollinators in the urban landscape and national Best Management Practices (BMPs) are being developed as a result of the workshop: https://wisconsinturfgrassassociation.org/
Dr. Christelle Guedot recently gave a public lecture about pollinators in the Northwoods at a workshop in Three Lakes, Wisconsin: http://wxpr.org/post/meeting-three-lakes-highlights-need-pollinators.
Justin Clements in the lab of Dr. Russ Groves was recently awarded a scholarship from the National Potato Council for his work on investigating insecticide resistance in the Colorado potato beetle: https://brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/08-17-16-npc-awards-academic-scholarship-for-potato-research/.
With the recent rains, mosquito populations are up in the Madison. Extension entomologist PJ Liesch was recently featured in this interview from Madison’s WKOW 27: http://www.wkow.com/story/32698620/mosquito-population-on-the-rise-in-madison
With the summer rains, mosquitoes can certainly be likely in some portions of the state. Extension Entomologist PJ Liesch was recently interviewed by Michelle Richards of WTMJ: http://www.wtmj.com/news/get-ready-for-skeeters
Several Entomology department members will be on hand to answer insect questions at the annual Farm Technology Days event in Walworth County. This year’s Farm Technology Days is on July 19th, 20th, and 21st. http://fyi.uwex.edu/news/2016/07/12/need-a-bug-identified-talk-to-the-insect-experts-at-wisconsin-farm-technology-days-2/
Emeritus Entomology Professor Jeff Wyman discusses the interesting future of agriculture in this recent article: http://spudman.com/index.php/news/release/58055
With the 4th of July quickly approaching, many people are wondering if mosquitoes will be present to ruin the fireworks. Professor Suan Paskewitz and Entomology Department alum Patrick Irwin were mentioned in this article on mosquitoes from the Racine Journal Times: http://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/don-t-become-a-meal-for-a-blood-sucker-this/article_ddf36381-9854-5cd8-adc1-5e3c0fb6a6f2.html
Dr. Claudio Gratton was recently featured in this National Geographic article about the rare rusty-patched bumble bee: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/28/what-is-the-value-of-a-species/
The University of Wisconsin-Extension offices of Chippewa and Barron County will be hosting a Crop Management Field Day at two locations on June 27. Entomology Department member Bryan Jensen, UW-Madison Integrated Pest Management Program coordinator, will be presenting at this program: http://www.agriview.com/briefs/crop/chippewa-county-field-day-june/article_9a326799-6987-5b0c-a55a-85d3134661e4.html
Ants are one of the commonest indoor insect pests. Like many insects pests, there’s a long list of home remedies which may or may not work. Pj Liesch of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab shines some light on these home remedies in this recent article in Food and Wine Magazine: http://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/food/how-get-rid-annoying-ants-your-home
With the news coverage about the Zika Virus, it’s not to hear about mosquitoes from the media. Luckily, as Susan Paskewitz describes in this interview, the Asian Tiger Mosquito associated with the Zika Virus and other diseases is unliekly to be an issue in the state: http://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/asian-tiger-mosquito-unlikely-threat-to-wisconsin
Susan Paskewitz and her lab were recently featured in series of news articles describing the tick situation in Madison:
- http://Ticks that can carry Lyme disease becoming abundant in Madison
Mosquito expert Susan Paskewitz was quoted in this article from Readers Digest about things mosquitoes hate: http://rd.com/health/wellness/keep-mosquitoes-away/
In some parts of the state, spring is “black fly” season. In the Northwoods, black flies can have significant impacts on birds, including loons. Extension Entomologist PJ Liesch discusses black flies in this piece from Wausau’s WJFW 12: http://www.wjfw.com/stories.html?sku=20160511181733
Members of the UW-madison Entomology Department have teamed up with the UW-Horticulture Department to launch the Wisconsin Fruit Crop Newsletter, which will offer growers notice and advice on fruit growing issues in the state every other week during the growing season: http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=433&yr=2016.
Several members of the UW-Madison Entomology Department have been instrumental in the development and release of Wisconsin’s first Pollinator Protection Plan. The details of the plan can be found on the website of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture:http://datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Bees_and_Honey/?Id=225
Dr. Claudio Gratton was recently quoted in this story about the rare rusty-patched bumble bee. The rusty-patched bumble bee has become exceeding rare, but happens to be known from the UW-Madison Arboretum: http://wuwm.com/post/photographers-crusade-save-bumble-bee-leads-wisconsin#stream/0.
Dr. Sean Schoville was recently interviewed about his research on the genetics of “Ice Crawlers” (Grylloblattodea) and a potential new species from Washington’s Mt. Spokane: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/apr/10/scientists-say-mount-spokane-ice-crawler-may-be-a-/
Tick-borne diseases can pose significant risks for humans and animals alike. Medical Entomologist Susan Paskewitz describes how the incidence of these diseases has increased in Wisconsin over time in this article with Madison’s Channel 3000: http://www.channel3000.com/news/tickborne-disease-rising-across-state-experts-say/38920136
PJ Liesch of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab recently sat down with Michele Hollow to discuss how the humble dung beetle may be helping to mitigate certain aspects of climate change: http://fusion.net/story/287096/dung-beetles-are-helping-save-the-environment/