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The Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is a world-class graduate training and research institution committed to advancing research in insect biology in both basic and applied contexts. 

We offer an MS and Ph.D. degree (ranked in the top 5 nationally) in Entomology and an undergraduate major. 

Our 15 faculty members along with our graduate students, postdoctoral associates, affiliated and emeritus professors offer a dynamic and interdisciplinary research and teaching environment to prepare students for a future in entomology.    

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Wondering if you could confirm what kind of grub this is? Guessing Japanese beetle or June bug ... See moreSee less

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Is this a great golden digger wasp? or something else? There are two in the same area as sweat bees...sharing space? ... See moreSee less

UW-Madison Department of EntomologyYes--looks like the golden digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus). Many tunneling insects prefer sandier soils, (easier to tunnel into). This is likely why this wasp and the ground-nesting sweat bees are sharing the same general area.

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Deb Pottscause for alarm? It's at work next to a back door...my thoughts are just to leave them "bee" but do you think it could be an issue? Not a high traffic area.

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Recent Papers

2015. The effects of flower, floral display and reward sizes on bumble bee foraging behavior when pollen is the reward and plants are dichogamous.  International Journal of Plant Sciences 176(9): 811–819. DOI: 10.1086/683339.

2016. Descriptions of the mature larvae for two species of Pseudopyrochroa from Taiwan (Coleoptera: Pyrochroidae: Pyrochroinae), with notes on their natural history. Zootaxa 4061 (5): 585-595. http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4061.5.8

2016. Fungicides affect Japanese beetle Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) egg hatch, larval survival and detoxification enzymes. Pest Manage. Sci. 72:966-973. DOI: 10.1002/ps.4076.

2016. Crop yield is correlated with honey bee hive density but not in high-woodland landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 218:53–57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2015.11.001

2015. Reverse genetics in the Tidepool: Knockdown of target gene expression via RNA interference in the copepod Tigriopus californicus. Molecular Ecology Resources 15(4): 868–879. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12359.

Faculty Profile

Gene flow, pollination biology and evolutionary biology
Insect Biochemistry and Endocrinology
Landscape ecology, food webs, conservation, biological control
Vegetable crops IPM, insects in relation to plant disease, resistance management
Fruit Crop Entomology/Pollination Ecology research and extension
Population Ecology, Pest Management
Chemical ecology, climate change, trophic interactions, "genes to ecosystems" ecology, bioenergy
Medical Entomology
Forest Entomology, Insect Ecology, Plant-Insect Interactions, Chemical Ecology
Molecular ecology, population genetics, climate change, alpine biology
Cranberry IPM, community ecology, biological control
Turfgrass and Ornamental Entomology Research and Extension
Teaching Entomology, Systematics of Coleoptera
Spatial/temporal statistics with applications in biology, ecology, and environmental sciences

Insect Research Collection

The UW Insect Research Collection (WIRC) houses 3,000,000 curated specimens with more than 5,000,000 additional specimens held largely as EtOH bulk samples sorted by project or Order.  The WIRC is the result of nearly 170 years of collecting by amateur and professional entomologists.  Although worldwide in general scope, as the only Wisconsin entomological collection with a largely research-based mission, the WIRC focuses primarily on the entomofauna of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest & Great Lakes regions.

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