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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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Undergraduate Study - Overview

Overview PhotoWhat is Entomology?

Insects have dominated the planet for more than 350 million years. More than a million species are known - millions remain undiscovered. At any given moment, 200+ million insects live for every human on Earth; over 70% of all animal species are insects. They have achieved something that has eluded humans - sustainable development. Insects are the primary consumers of plants, yet they are also the dominant pollinators, thus insuring plant reproduction. They play a critical role in disease transmission (e.g. malaria, plague) yet the service they provide to ecological maintenance in unparalleled.

Entomologists conduct insect-based research in numerous areas including general biology, natural history, systematics, ecology, behavior, molecular biology, physiology, development and medical and agricultural entomology. Emerging areas include invasive species, biodiversity, pollination ecology, forensics and genomics.

The Bachelor's of Science degree in Entomology gives students an extensive background in the basic sciences, including biology, chemistry and physics, while giving students the opportunity to take upper-level courses in entomology.

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