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Let’s just eat the bugs

September 8, 2022

Entomophagy (the practice of eating insects as food) is common in many cultures around the world, with bugs on the menu as a delicacy or just a regular part of an everyday diet. In fact, up to 80 percent of the world’s nations, particularly in tropical areas, eat insects. Read more.


Minnesota organizations working to save monarch butterflies, now considered endangered

July 22, 2022

For the first time, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature added the migrating monarch butterfly to its red list of threatened species, designating them as endangered. Video.


Saving Nutella: New Guide Details IPM for Weevil Pests in Hazelnut

June 22, 2022

People around the globe are nuts about hazelnuts: According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the global demand for hazelnuts is strong and growing. Read more.


University of Minnesota bug expert advocated for a free Ukraine

June 11, 2022

Ukrainian-born Alexander Granovsky was a poet, painter, U.S. Army private during World War I and a renowned insect expert at the University of Minnesota in the mid-1900s. Read more.


Expecting the mountain pine beetle

June 3, 2022

For decades, the mountain pine beetle (MPB) has caused an unprecedented amount of forest mortality in western North America, tearing through pine stands from the Pacific Coast all the way to the Black Hills of South Dakota, and from central British Columbia and western Alberta to northern Baja California, Mexico. Read more.


University of Minnesota home to millions of insect specimens

May 30, 2022

Not far from the KARE 11 studio, at the University of Minnesota's Department of Entomology, there are millions of dead insects just hanging out in storage. So, naturally, we just had to find out why. Read more.


Bitten by the Bug Bug

March 31, 2022

As curator of the University of Minnesota Insect Collection, Robin Thomson is in charge of some 4,060,820 deceased insects and other arthropods from around the world. Read more.


Effective Management Remains Elusive for Beetle That Eats Almost Anything

January 31, 2022

The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a widely known invasive species in North America. Adults feed on more than 300 plant species and can be downright difficult to manage. Read more.


Special Issue in Honor of Ralph W. Holzenthal for a Lifelong Contribution to Trichoptera Systematics

November 7, 2021

During his career, R. W. Holzenthal has been a nexus for training caddisfly workers and entomologists in general. He has taken great care to teach students the importance of taxonomy and has been a role model on high-quality revisionary taxonomic work. Read more.


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.