Tag Entomology

Tracking dragonflies, citizen scientists gain insight to Arboretum’s wetlands

This past summer, volunteers began the Arboretum’s first-ever effort to systematically track dragonfly populations, in hopes of gaining insight into the many waterways the Arboretum is charged with protecting.

Set in amber, fossil ants help reconstruct evolution of fungus farming

New UW–Madison research makes it clear that the constant threat of crop parasites repeatedly pushed evolution in ants in strikingly similar directions, creating structures that helped the ants reinforce their partnership with bacteria.

Wisconsin researchers release new app to study what makes ticks ‘tick’

The app helps scientists better understand when and where ticks are picked up and educates people on what kinds of ticks to look out for and how to practice safe habits when venturing outside.

Enormous swarms of midges teach about interconnected landscapes

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

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

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

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

Boundless Together, Part 4

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

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

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?

“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

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