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Pollinator Party on Thursday!

Ento Pollinator[7/22/214] Come celebrate bees at the Pollinator Party this Thursday at Lyndale Park, near Lake Harriet, from 5 to 8 pm.
4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis.

The U of MN Bee Lab will be joined by the Bell Museum, Beez Kneez, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Xerces Society, and many others.


Live music by Pop Wagner, Dreamland Faces and Brass Messengers!
Food from La Loma Tamales will be available.

At dusk, the film "Wings of Life" will be shown.

Hope to see you there!

More info on the Minneapolis Parks Page 

Large Mayfly Hatch Possible Cause of Car Crash

Ento Kranzfelder[7/22/14] La Crosse, WI was plagued on Sunday when millions of mayflies from the Mississippi River hatched, causing low visibility and making travel dangerous. The cloud of bugs was so massive it was picked up on radar, and unfortunately was the likely cause of one car accident. Petra Kranzfelder spoke with CBS Local and explained the benefits of mayflies, and the benefits they provide for the environment. Read the Full Article 

New Graduate Fellowship, Award Recipients!

[7/21/14] Congratulations to three of our PhD students who recently picked up some significant new Fellowships and Awards in July! Joe Kaser (Heimpel lab) and Theresa Cira (Hutchison lab) recently received MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellowships, established this year under the UofM-wide MnDRIVE initiative, with significant funding to CFANS. The fellowship includes a full year stipend, along with an additional $2000 for travel to meetings. Joe and Theresa will also join a cohort of 6 MnDRIVE Fellows, attending several professional development activities during the academic year.

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In addition, Amy Morey (Venette lab), was one of two graduate students to receive a “Dow Foundation Award,” sponsored by the Plant-Insect Ecosystems (PIE) section of ESA and Dow AgroSciences (DAS). The award consists of $2000, and a waiver of the Registration fee for the 2014 ESA National Meeting in Portland. Recognition will be presented at the PIE Networking meeting (Nov. 17th) at the ESA Annual Meeting. The PIE Section Awards Committee and two representatives of DAS consider applications from students who have demonstrated significant achievement in entomology through: 1) a graduate research project; 2) creative approaches to teaching/teamwork; and/or 3) creative achievements in outreach.

ENTO Morey


Congratulations to all!

Wild Bee Safari Day

Ento Bee SquadPlease join the UMN Bee Squad’s Wild Bee Team for an afternoon exploring wild bees! This class will include three bee amazing activities that include:

  1. Pollinator Plant Tour
  2. Wild Bee Safari
  3. Photography Session

Date: Sunday, July 20th. 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Horticultural Display Gardens on the UMN St Paul Campus (corner of Gortner and Folwell Ave, parking meters available)
Cost: $25.00, payable at the event

Please reserve a space in class by sending an e-mail with your name to beesquad@umn.edu
This class is outdoors, and will be cancelled if it rains!


New Bee Lab on its way

Ento Bee Lab[7/9/14] Bees have certainly been a hot topic this year, and with good reason. Bees pollinate about one-third of the world’s crops, and their population is declining. The important work of the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab has been made difficult by cramped quarters. They’ve outgrown their current 900 square foot space, but that is about to change. With funding from the state, from private donors, and from the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences, a new facility is in the works. The new 10,000 square foot space will allow the Bee Lab to further explore man-made and natural solutions to the many issues that have caused the bee population to decline. In an interview of the Minnesota Daily, Dr. Marla Spivak said that the new facility, "will consolidate everything." Read the full article

State bee research takes aim at Quarry Park

[7/7/14] Crystal Boyd and Elaine Evans spoke with the St. Cloud Times for a story about identifying Minnesota's native bee species. "We need to know what's out there," said Elaine Evans, who is earning her doctorate in entomology from the University of Minnesota. "The survey is the first step to assess the health of our pollinator population in Minnesota." Evans spoke from the University of Minnesota's Bee Lab, where the focus is on bee health. Read the Full Article

Nature’s Dying Migrant Worker

Ento Krischik Square[7/1/14] Although representatives of neonicotinoid manufacturer Bayer CropScience say that insecticide-related bee kills are rare, when bees are exposed to low doses of neonicotinoids, some scientists say, they falter. Like drunks, they can’t find their way home. “They can’t remember who they are or where to go,” said Vera Krischik, in an interview for the Star Tribune. Read the Full Article

“Bee-friendly” plants sold at Wal-Mart, Home Depot actually contain bee killing pesticides

[7/1/14] Planting bee-friendly gardens can make a difference, but more than half of the reportedly “bee-friendly” plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart garden centers across the US and Canada actually contain neonicotinoids. According to ecotoxicologist Vera Krischik of the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the study but reviewed it in detail, the data is solid and troubling. A dose of 192 parts per billion is enough to kill a honeybee, she says, and dozens of studies have found impairments in bee navigation, memory and foraging ability at between 4 and 30 parts per billion. Read the Full Article 

Metro blackflies poised to bite

[7/1/14] Black flies, the nasty biters that can ruin a picnic even faster than mosquitoes, are about to appear in force in the metro, just in time for the run-up to Independence Day camping and parties. They’re not just annoying, though. Whereas mosquitoes bite with pinpoint finesse, black flies have “slashing mouth parts” that rip off a piece of skin to give them access to blood, said Jeff Hahn, an entomologist with University of Minnesota Extension. That leads to more discomfort than a mosquito bite does. Read the Full Article

Feds will pay farmers to create thousands of acres of bee habitats

Ento Spivak Square[7/1/14] Minnesota has been at the forefront of protecting pollinators. The US Department of Agriculture announced on June 27th that the Conservation Reserve Program will provide $8 million in incentives for Midwest farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. University of Minnesota entomologist Marla Spivak was one of about 50 experts that went to Washington in April to push for the order announced Friday. Read the Full Article 
 

USDA on bee decline: Task force, farmer incentives

[7/1/14] American agricultural production relies on having a healthy honey bee population, and producer knowledge of basic bee biology can help protect bees from pesticides. Robert Koch and Marla Spivak, entomologists with University of Minnesota Extension, report that honey bees and native bees forage in and near soybean and cornfields. When treatment decisions are being made for pests of those crops, they stress the importance of considering minimizing the risk to these pollinators.  Read the Full Article 

Good question: What are chiggers and how do you get them?

[7/1/14] It’s that time of the year again, when we spend more time enjoying being outdoors, only to find ourselves covered in bug bites. Sometimes, it can be tough“Chiggers are an immature form of a free-living mite,” said Jeff Hahn, an entomologist with University of Minnesota Extension. Watch the Video  

 Welcome to the department, Dr. Christopher Philips!


Ento Chris Philips[6/30/14] We are pleased to announce a new faculty member in the Department of Entomology. Dr. Chris Philips will be joining the department this summer as the Fruit and Vegetable Entomologist, and will be working at the North Central Research and outreach Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

The emphasis of Dr. Philips’ research will be on the applied ecology and sustainable integrated and organic management of fruit and vegetable arthropod pests including brown marmorated stink bug and spotted wing drosophila. In addition to focusing on the management of pests in field grown crops, he hopes to greatly expand on the high tunnel research taking place in Minnesota. He is looking to evaluate management programs for potential pests to provide control options before they become serious problems. He’s also interested in understanding what makes soil “healthy” for a pest management perspective by determining the impact of soil microbes on pest suppression.

To date, Dr. Philips’ research has focused on understanding the ecology of pest control and improving pest management decision-making and control strategies; with a specific emphasis on evaluating the efficacy of ecologically-based pest management. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from Virginia Tech and his B.S. and M.S. in entomology from the University of Delaware. Most recently, Dr. Philips worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University studying the ecological basis of natural pest control in organic and conventional farming systems.

Chris said: “I grew up in North Texas where I spent most of my summers outside swimming and fishing. I still take any opportunity I can to be outside. I enjoy fishing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and anything that allows me to spend time with my wife Becky and our two girls, Penelope and Haylee.”

It sounds like northern Minnesota will be a great fit for the Philips family. Congratulations, and welcome!

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Wilson, Michael B.; Spivak, Marla; Hegeman, Adrian D.; Rendahl, Aaron; Cohen, Jerry D. 2013. Metabolomics Reveals the Origins of Antimicrobial Plant Resins Collected by Honey Bees. Plos One


Blahnik, R.J., and R.W. Holzenthal
. 2014. Review and redescription of species in the Oecetis avara group, with the description of 15 new species (Trichoptera, Leptoceridae). ZooKeys 376: 1-83.    http://www.pensoft.net/ journals/zookeys/issue/376/


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