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.
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/