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American Bumblebee Population Dramatically Declines

November 1, 2021

Over the last two decades, the American bumblebee population has dramatically declined, according to a recent petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and Bombus Pollinators Association of Law Students. Read more.


Beekeeping for veterans

October 25, 2021

Keeping bees enables a unique closeness to nature. For military veterans, beekeeping can be a peaceful and purposeful hobby for life after active duty. Read more.


How One Entomologist Works to Bridge Molecular Mechanisms With Evolutionary Processes

September 30, 2021

Amelia Lindsey, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota. Her lab uses functional genomics to understand insect biology across symbiotic and parasitic associations. Read more.


Rusty patched bumble bee becomes a household name

April 30, 2021

It’s been two years since the rusty patched bumble bee became the state bee of Minnesota, a designation due in no small part to Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota Extension educator and Bee Lab researcher. Read more.


Discovering an academic path

March 29, 2021

Although University of Minnesota CFANS graduate students Dorah Mkabili Mwangola and Letícia Dourado Clemente are engaged in different fields of study, they have something in common—both women discovered a passion for their respective fields almost by accident. As we commemorate Graduate Professional Student Appreciation Week from March 29 through April 2 this year, we celebrate their accomplishments and look forward to seeing their contributions to the scientific community, along with those of our many CFANS graduate students. Read more.


Bees, butterflies, beetles, and more

March 26, 2021

Bees, butterflies, beetles, and more: an insider's tour of the University of Minnesota's Insect Collection. Read more.


Ferrington named a fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science

March 17, 2021

The Society for Freshwater Science has named Leonard Ferrington, professor in the Department of Entomology, as a 2021 fellow. Fellows are those who have led, shaped, and inspired the field of freshwater science. Ferrington’s research focuses on the significance of Chironomidae in aquatic ecosystems. Fellows will be recognized at an annual meeting in May. Read more.


University researchers developing aphid-resistant soybeans

February 8, 2021

University researchers developing aphid-resistant soybeans. These new plants could make it easier for organic farmers to combat the harmful pests, and could also reduce pollution caused by insecticide use in Minnesota. Read more.


Cataloging Minnesota’s native bees

November 29, 2020

Using the University of Minnesota Insect Collection, a team of bee researchers at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is tracking and studying native bees in the hope of understanding how the insects have been impacted by the climate crisis. Read more.


University continues work on national insect curation project, despite pandemic

November 23, 2020

University continues work on national insect curation project, despite pandemic. Read more.