[3/7/14] Insects are Awesome on TED Talks too! If you've not yet heard Marla's 2013 TED Talk held in Scotland, check it out. Her presentation on "Why bees are disappearing" has now been viewed >1,424,618 times. In addition to Dr. Spivak's talk, there are 11 other cool bug talks from the "Dung Beetle Dance" to E.O. Wilson's "Encyclopedia of Life," and more! See the TED Network -- and click here for recent Bug talks.
[2/4/14] Since insects don’t have the luxury of giant furry hats, scarves or mittens, they get creative to withstand the cold. “People think this cold weather is going to kill them all off but the fact is they’re natives to this state just like most of us are,” said University of Minnesota Extension entomologist Jeff Hahn. WCCO TV
[1/27/14] It was a simple invitation from urban beekeepers, broadcast on Facebook & Twitter -- come out on a frigid January night, and talk about the fate of bees. Nearly 150 people showed up...at a south Minneapolis restaurant, more than twice capacity. "I was astonished," said Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, who was there to talk about legislation. "Something is going on." See full article in the StarTrib, and related stories on the Entomology Facebook page!
[1/21/14] Minnesota leaders are looking at ways to help because bees are chief pollinators of many crops throughout the region. More than a third of crops depend on bees to produce food... "Without pollinators, all of us, more or less, will be affected," entomologist Vera Krischik of the University of Minnesota recently told a state House committee. "It is something that everybody needs to be concerned about." Pioneer Press
[1/15/14] ]University of Minnesota bee expert Marla Spivak, who is working with a new team of university scientists looking for answers, told Minnesota Public Radio that protecting pollinating insects will be a daunting task. "I just spent the morning with a bunch of epidemiologists here on the chalk board," Spivak said. "By lunch time they're looking at this thing and going, 'Oh my God, where do we begin?'"
[1/14/14] Here’s something to toss out in the cold: dust mites... “There’s more to it than simply killing them on a one-time basis,” said Jeff Hahn, entomologist with the University of Minnesota Extension. Star Tribune
[1/10/14] Science Friday--NPR, provided a unique opportunity for Dr. Rob Venette, Research Biologist-US Forest Service & Adjunct Professor-Entomology, to have a national discussion on invasive insects and their adaptation (or not) to cold stress. Rob enjoyed a wide ranging interview with host Ira Flatow, including an interesting comment about "woolly bear caterpillars" -- listen in on NPR.
[1/7/14] Recent research by Dr. Rob Venette, Research Biologist, USDA Forest Service and Adjunct Faculty member in Entomology, was featured this week on Fox 9 News and MPR. Given the record sub-freezing temperatures this week, there's an approximate 80% chance of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) mortality in several areas of the state – this should be good news for the more than 900 million ash trees in Minnesota. This research also reflects work done by Graduate Student, Lindsey Christianson; see the Fox-9 News report and article on MPR. Lindsey Christianson is also featured in a StarTrib Video.
[12/02/13] The University of Minnesota Bee Squad supports all bees and all levels of beekeepers. The Squad team engages in a compelling mix of scientific research and practical application. Founded by Marla Spivak, Bee Squad programs are designed to help novices bypass the trial-and-error stages of beekeeping, and get straight to the most efficient, successful management practices. MinnPost
New findings from Dr. Kells on how to keep bed bugs away (KSTP).