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Jon Neal to present a Wednesdays in the Wild programNew

​J. Neal

Date Added: 7/6/2015
Rare butterfly1.jpgWednesdays in the Wild is a weekly program at the Lilly Nature Center/Celery Bog Nature Area on Lindberg Road in West Lafayette.  These programs are sponsored by Mary Cutler, Naturalist, Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Department; Dan Dunten, Stewardship Director, West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department; Sycamore Audubon Society; West Central Chater of INPAWS (Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society); and NICHES Land Trust.
The July 15th program will be led by Jonathan Neal - he will give a brief indoor presentation on our local butterflies, followed by an outdoor butterfly identification walk.  This will be great preparation for the Butterfly Encounter coming up on July 18th. 
For more information on Wednesdays in the Wild, see their web page at .

Lightningbug or Firefly?

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs, 6/25/15

Illustration by Arwin Provonsha

Date Added: 6/30/2015

IFirefly_drawing200.jpgndiana warm summer nights that follow the summer solstice – the shortest night of the year and the official beginning of summer – mean it's prime time for aerial displays of luminescent insects. These insects are beetles that are classified scientifically in the insect family Lampyridae. 


Of course, few people use the term Lampyridae in reference to flashers of the insect type, except maybe an old entomologist or two. Most folks refer to the aerial showoffs by using a common name: either firefly or lightningbug.

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Queen Rearing Class a huge success

​K. Given

Date Added: 6/26/2015

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The Purdue Bee Laboratory held the Queen Rearing Class on June 20, 2015 with 29 students from six states participating!  This was the most "bee informed" group in the history of the class, so things progressed smoothly.  Participants finished transferring the 24-hour larvae to the queen cups in just over an hour.  The students had about 35% cell acceptance, and some will return this coming weekend to collect their 10-day queen cells.

Good job! 
Purdue shines at NCB-ESA

​B. York

Date Added: 6/25/2015

​Several graduate students and visiting scientists traveled to Manhattan, Kansas for the 2015 meeting of the North Central Branch of ESA.  The following awards were presented.


BS/MS Ten Minute Presentations P-IE: Bridget Blood - 3rd place. Title: Thousand cankers disease: attraction of Pityophthorus juglandis to volatiles associated with black walnut and Geosmithia morbida
PhD Poster Presentations PBT,SysEB, P-IE: Andres Sandoval-Mojica - 3rd place. Title: Determination and silencing optimization of the main components in the Reticulitermes flavipes peritrophic matrix [click Andres Sandoval for photo]NCB-ESA 2015 Linnaean Game Team.jpg
Linnaean Games: Purdue - 2nd place (Linnaean team pictured at right)
Triplehorn Challenge Pinning Competition: Yan Yan - 5th place [click Yan Yan for photo]
Student Travel Scholarhsips: Bridget Blood, Alexandra Duffy, Gabriel Hughes [click Alli Duffy and Gabriel Hughes for photos] 
Congratulations to all who competed!
Purdue Bee Lab field day trains beekeepers

​B. York

Date Added: 6/19/2015


​​The Purdue bee lab is featured in the June 19, 2015 issue of JConline.  To read the article, click on bee lab field day.

Dave Hogg (BS '71; MS '74) wins award at NCB

​B. York

Date Added: 6/19/2015

Dave Hogg.jpgPurdue alumnus Dave Hogg (BS '71; MS '74) was recently honored at the ESA NCB meeting in Manhattan, Kansas, when he was presented the C. V. Riley Achievement Award.  Paula Davis from DuPont Pioneer presented the plaque to Dave (pictured) which indicates that it is awarded "for outstanding and significant contribution to the science of entomology."


Congratulations to Dave!

Brittany Peterson attends short course in insect pathology

​Brittany Peterson
June 16, 2015

Date Added: 6/18/2015

Letter received from Brittany Peterson to Steve Yaninek:InsectPathGroupPic.jpg

I just wanted to thank you again for helping to support my visit to Cornell University last week for the Short Course in Insect Pathology. Together with funding from the department and from the PGSG Professional Grant, I was able to join participants from half a dozen countries representing academic, government, and industry institutions. We had a great time learning about the breadth of insect pathology from experts in the field and exploring all the beauty Ithaca had to offer. Attached is a picture of our group at Taughannock Falls after a day of learning, collecting, and hiking. Thanks again for such a wonderful opportunity!
Vanishing Moths?

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
June 11, 2015

Date Added: 6/10/2015


More than once I have been asked some version of this question: Where have all the big moths gone? Almost always the questioner elaborates by saying something like: "Every summer when I was a kid there would be nights when several large moths would be fluttering around our porch light. I haven't seen any of those giant moths for years." 


As an entomologist I have learned not to jump to conclusions when responding to questions such as this, especially when the term "big, large or giant" is used. The size estimation of an insect is something that varies widely according to the eyes of the beholder.

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Larry Murdock's achievements cited in Daily World

​Tom Campbell

Date Added: 6/9/2015


A local newspaper in Greene County, Indiana, recently featured Larry Murdock and ​honored his appointment as Distinguished Professor.  To read the entire article, click Daily World honors Murdock.

2015 Butterfly Encounter coming up!

​Jon Neal

Date Added: 6/5/2015

TButterfly Count.jpghe annual Butterfly Encounter will be held at the Evonik Nature Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on July 18th - that's the third Saturday in July.  There are typically two guides for each group, so if anyone can serve as a volunteer guide, contact Jon Neal.  He will do a walk-through of the site on July 11th or 12th (which everyone is welcome to attend) and will host a brief, informal training with displays and guides on Friday, July 17 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 


This is a popular field event and help is greatly appreciated.

Linnaean team takes second at ESA NCB

​Alli Duffy

Date Added: 6/2/2015

2015 Linnaean Team.jpgThe Purdue Linnaean team Boilered Up and earned second place after a 4 question sudden death final match in the Linnaean games at the North Central Branch meeting and qualified to participate at the national meeting in Minneapolis this fall!


Congratulations, team!


[Pictured are team members Andres Sandoval, Bridget Blood, Alli Duffy and Gabriel Hughes.]

Lepidopterists' Society meets in July at Purdue

​Dr. Jen Zaspel

Date Added: 6/2/2015

Lepidop Soc logo.jpgThe Department of Entomology, Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC) and Conferences at Purdue University invite you to attend the 64th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society July 28 to August 2, 2015.  Please mark your calendar for this meeting which will be held in Purdue's Stewart Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.  


For more information about this meeting, visit their website at PERC updates.

Bookworms and Worms in Books

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs
May 28, 2015

Date Added: 6/1/2015

Silverfish200.jpgWhen I was growing up, there were some kids in our school who were known as bookworms. These kids always seemed to have their nose in a book. I enjoyed reading as a child, but I am sure no one would have thought of me as a bookworm.  That is because when given the choice in those days I would be outside communing with nature rather than poring over the printed page. 


Most dictionaries define a bookworm as someone who is fascinated by reading; however, the online Urban Dictionary captures the essence of what I consider a bookworm with this definition: a person who is so fascinated by books that he does not know what is happening in the world. We have all known people, young or old, like that – for example, those who miss an appointment because they are so engrossed in a book that they lose track of time. Such people are bookworms for sure!




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Cliff Sadof helps create app to deal with EAB

​Gretchen Frazee

Date Added: 5/20/2015

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A Tree Doctor app is available to assist homeowners in early detection and treatment of Emerald Ash Borer activity in their trees.  Cliff Sadof helped develop this app so that more ash trees can be protected.  


To read WFYI's descrption of the app's value, go to EAB app.

Larry Murdock named Distinguished Professor

​B. York
Photo: Ben Prickel

Date Added: 5/15/2015

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On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Board of Trustees named Larry L. Murdock a distinguished professor of entomology.  This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member and this is the first entomology professor to receive the designation.​  After the BoT meeting, a well-attended reception honoring Dr. Murdock was held in the department.  Dean of Agriculture Jay Akridge and Department Head Steve Yaninek offered comments, and former department head Eldon Ortman also attended.


To view the official Purdue News announcement, click on distinguished professor.

40% of bee colonies lost nationally

​Kelly Roberts, May 13, 2015

Date Added: 5/14/2015


A local new team talked with area beekeepers, as well as Tom Turpin, to explain the drastic mortality rate among honeybees.  Many local beekeepers have lost more than half of their hives.


To read the article from, click honeybee colonies dying.

Swarms Hanging Around

​Tom Turpin
On Six Legs - May 14, 2015

Date Added: 5/14/2015


If I were asked to create a “Top Ten” list of truly amazing things that insects do, I would have to include the swarming behavior of honey bees on that list. To be sure, as a beekeeper I must admit that I am a bit biased in my attitude toward honey bees. A person who studies honey bee biology or learns firsthand by owning a colony or two of the little creatures cannot help but view these insects with admiration.


There are several aspects of honey bee biology that might qualify for my “Top Ten” list. One is that the industrious bees process nectar into honey that is stored as a food resource for winter months. Humans steal a lot of “the fruit of the hive” from bees for our use.  Honey bees are also pollinators, an ecological partnership with plants that results in seed set and fruit production. Then there is the honey bee dance. Bees use this dance, sometimes called a waggle dance, to communicate the direction and distance of flowers to other bees.

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PICS Team receives Corps of Engagement Award

​S. Yaninek

Date Added: 5/13/2015

Murdock Engagement Award.jpgCongratulations to the PICS team for their award from the Purdue Office of Engagement on May 13, 2015.  The Corps of Engagement Award was received by the team that included Larry Murdock and Dieudonne Baributsa from Entomology, as well as those listed below for their work on Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) post harvest storage technomogy.  Enclosed are photos from the awards ceremony.  The medium is stored as view only, but Beth York can provide copies upon request. 


Other member of the PICS team include: Corinne Alexander, Carole Braund, Natalie carroll, Heather Fabries, Joan Fulton, William Horan, Katy Ibrahim, Jess Lowenberg-Deboer, Lisa Mauer, Amanda Mosiman, George Okantey, Maria Restrepo-Turner, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, and Charles Woloshuk.


View photos at Engagement Award photos.

USDA-NIFA says Agriculture a great field for new grads

​B. York

Date Added: 5/12/2015

​Information reported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture discloses that "One of the best fields for new college graduates? Agriculture."  To view the entire article, click on ​Ag a great field for grads.

Hoosier Hysteria includes Entomology

​B. York

Date Added: 5/8/2015

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Julie Speelman spent the day on Friday, May 8th with 165 fourth graders at ​Prairie Trace School in Carmel, Indiana, as part of their Hoosier Hysteria program.  The children were split into three groups and Julie gave each group a 40-minute presentation on Indiana aquatic insects and how they have adapted to life underwater.  The children were so excited about her visit that they created this welcome poster for her and insisted on giving it to her when she left.  The original is posted in the hallway outside the main office in Smith Hall (room 100) and will remian there for a few days for any who would like to see it.

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