Why Insects Make Great Ambassadors for Science Education

Butterfly Pavilion

Even though most insects are relatively small animals, they make a great focal point to discuss big concepts. “We use invertebrates as a model system to carry out science communication,” says Mario Padilla, entomologist at Butterfly Pavilion near Denver, Colorado. “Because, when you talk about invertebrates, that’s an extremely diverse group of animals that we […]

How One Professor Uses Entomology Today as a Teaching Tool

TAMU ENTO322 class

On Monday, fall semester classes begin at Texas A&M University. In at least one of those classes, students will find themselves exploring the world of insect science right here at Entomology Today. “We use the Entomology Today posts to introduce our students to the diversity of insects and insect research topics, as well as their […]

Teaching Curriculum for Bed Bug Prevention Proves Its Worth

bed bug

When the big yellow bus arrives at school in the morning, it could be unloading more than just kids. In communities where bed bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus) are present, children’s book bags are one of their favorite places to hitch a ride to a new home. Preventing this kind of spread is a core element […]

Educator Workshop at Entomology 2014 in Portland

By Gwen Pearson “I need an ant. Who’s got an ant?” That comment came from Angela Vossenkuhl, director of Concordia University Undergraduate studies in the College of Education. She was building a pitfall trap as part of a workshop held to encourage educators to use insects in the classroom. The Entomological Foundation teacher workshop was […]