Tag Entomology

Enormous swarms of midges teach about interconnected landscapes

March 17, 2017

Research into the insects' behavior aims to better understand lake-dominated environments, including those of Wisconsin.

Tropical moth alights in UW’s Botany Garden, a Wisconsin first

November 10, 2016

Botany Professor Edgar Spalding spotted a white-tipped black moth in the UW–Madison Botanical Garden, the first recorded observation in Wisconsin of the tropical species.

Variable tree growth after fire protects forests from future bark beetle outbreaks

November 7, 2016

Researchers say forest managers may want to consider promoting this natural variability to help protect forests from the insects.

Scientists describe new model to enhance Zika virus research

April 19, 2016

The model will allow researchers to better understand how the virus causes disease and aid in the development of vaccines.

Recent evolutionary change allows a fruit fly to dine on a toxic fruit

April 4, 2016

A fruit called the noni, now hyped for a vast array of unproven health benefits, is at the heart of a new research study.

Boundless Together, Part 4

November 6, 2015

The last of four new commercials about UW–Madison will premiere this weekend during the Badger football game. Learn more about the research highlighted in the spot.

Young Coleoptera Collection brings the UW bunches of beetles

February 3, 2014

You know who really bugs the UW? Daniel Young bugs the UW. And he’s been bugging the UW for years, largely with his own bugs.

UW’s bug-eating advocate had global impact

October 10, 2013

When Gene DeFoliart had his brainstorm in 1974, not even he thought his brainchild would be an easy sell. As a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, DeFoliart was focusing on how insects spread viral disease. Now he was captivated by an opposite proposition: using insects to foster human health — using them, to be specific, as food.

Curiosities: How high can bugs fly?

February 15, 2011

“We can pick up insects at 5,000 or 6,000 feet,” says Phil Pellitteri of the UW–Madison insect diagnostic lab. “But wind is a big …

Rhythmic vibrations guide caste development in social wasps

January 24, 2011

Future queen or tireless toiler? A paper wasp's destiny may lie in the antennal drumbeats of its caretaker.