Orchard Menace

February 15, 2012, On Solid Ground WSU Scientists Use Flower Power to Combat Orchard Menace Apple orchards are intricate webs involving a delicate balance between trees, soils, water, insects, and more. To manage the pests that can potentially damage a crop of apples, growers often apply pesticides. There are several problems associated with pesticide use, though,… » More ...

Addressing Honey Bee Demise

Feb. 8, 2012, WSU News Advisor Helps Alternative Bee Business Take Flight EVERETT, Wash. - Anyone who has been paying attention knows the honey bee population is in decline, and the loss of the bees’ pollination role could spell disaster for the food supply. While scientists search for the cause of the colony collapse disorder… » More ...

2012 Wiley Research Exposition

We are proud to announcement that Entomology students were among the winners of the 2012 William R. Wiley Research Exposition held on February 3, 2012. In the Agricultural & Natural Sciences Division Brandon Hopkins won the first place winner for his oral presentation and he received $500. Megan Taylor won first place for her poster… » More ...

New Buzz on Colony Collapse

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, by Linda Weiford, WSU News Scientists investigate beekeeper's discovery PULLMAN, Wash. - For longtime commercial beekeeper Eric Olson of Yakima, no sting is as painful as the one he felt last winter when he discovered his hives had gone silent. Peering into each box, he saw the queen and a mere… » More ...

Living the Right-Sized Life

January 2012, Washington State Magazine, by Eric Sorensen | © Washington State University I want to walk on water, climb walls, and dance on the ceiling. If insects can do it, it’s only fair that I should, too. But this thing called physics has decreed otherwise. Carol Anelli, a WSU entomologist, can tell you why,… » More ...

Unique New Book

December 1, 2011  Nella Letizia l WSU News WSU Entomologist David James, Coauthors New Book on Life Histories of Pacific Northwest Butterflies PROSSER, Wash.—The California Sister has “fangs” as a caterpillar that it bares when disturbed. In its juvenile form, it also builds piers from its own dung on the leaves it feeds on to… » More ...

Alumni Honored

Grayson Brown on left; 2011 Pres. Ernest Delfosee on right Former student Grayson Brown, PhD 1977, was named the 2012 President of the Entomological Society of America. He is a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, whose specialties are Public Health Entomology and Integrated Pest Management.       » More ...

Sustainable Farming, Insect Biodiversity and Climate Change

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 By Nella Letizia, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University are conducting a study with potato farmers to determine if promoting biodiversity in insect communities helps insects, especially beneficial ones, withstand the effects of a warming climate. "There really isn’t much research… » More ...

2011 Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting

Alejandro Del Pozo, MSc student working with John Brown, was a first place winner, in the Paper Presentation competition. Joyce Parker, a PhD student working with Bill Snyder, was a first place winner in the Paper Presentation competition. Andrew Rodstrom, PhD student working with John Brown, was a second place winner for his paper presentation.… » More ...