Department of Entomology
123 W. Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004


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Welcome to Entomology!

What Entomology is, and why you should care -

Entomology is the study of insects, but also embraces the study of other Arthropods, including spiders, ticks, and mites. Arthropods are the most diverse and abundant macro-organisms on earth, and have a great impact on us throughout our lives. AsilidEntomology is a broad science that addresses many relevant issues. We compete with insects for our food, and there is an emphasis in our department on protecting crops from insect attack in the field and after harvest to help provide safe and healthy food to mankind. Arthropods also transmit numerous serious diseases to humans (malaria, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Leishmaniasis, and many more), and work in our department addresses how transmission occurs and how to stop it to foster global human health. Arthropods provide great insights into our place on the planet and the vast diversity of life and how it developed. Work in our department is addressing the great diversity of Arthropods, and how the myriad life histories have evolved in ecological and historical contexts, helping us know how to protect and conserve our world for generations to come. 

General Department Information

The department is housed in Waters Hall and maintains excellent research facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and a research insect collection. The department currently has 18 permanent, and 31 adjunct/ancillary faculty, four full-time office staff, about 20 postdoctoral and technical support staff, 33 graduate students, and other temporary personnel and student employees involved in research. For information on how to manage insect pest problems visit our Entomology Extension web pages that contain links to current topics, publications, newsletters, 4-H and youth programs, and more.



Field Guide to Western North American Fireflies - 2015 Draft Available


The latest draft of Dr. Larry Buschman's field guide to western fireflies is available here for use. It is in pdf format, and will continue to be updated and modified. You can download it here.






Ecologist Jay Rosenheim Presented Hopkins Colloquium Address on 23 March 

Jay RosenheimDr. Jay A. Rosenheim, an ecologist and entomologist at the University of California-Davis, delivered the Hopkins Colloquium Address on Monday, 23 March. His seminar was entitled: “Ecoinformatics for Agricultural Entomology: Using Data From Farms to Solve Problems on Farms”. Dr. Rosenheim is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has built a strong research program that uses insects and plants to examine fundamental ecological questions and seeks applications to agricultural production systems. He has won multiple awards for his research and teaching.

The Hopkins Colloquium is an annual award established in 1998 to honor Professor Theodore L. Hopkins, Emeritus Professor of Entomology at Kansas State University, for his many contributions to the science of entomology. The award supports the visit of a distinguished scientist working in an area of current importance and interest, and who brings new and important research in entomological science to the Department of Entomology.


PhD Student Shelly Wiggam Receives National Grant from The Nature Conservancy

Shelly WiggamPhD student Shelly Wiggam (mentored by Greg Zolnerowich and Brian McCornack) was awarded 1 of 5 J.E. Weaver research grants by the Nature Conservancy. The top five grants were selected from a national and competitive pool of applicants seeking support for biodiversity and conservation research. The grants are administered by The Nature Conservancy through its Nebraska Chapter’s J.E. Weaver Competitive Grant Program and each grant is for $1,000. Congratulations, Shelly!


PhD Student Ryan Schmid Wins One of Two Capitol Graduate Research Summit Scholarships

Ryan Schmid.jpgEntomology PhD student Ryan Schmid (mentored by Brian McCornack) was one of two Kansas State University students to receive Capitol Graduate Research Summit Scholarships at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka on 12 February 2015. The other winner was Ms. Kavitha Penugonda, doctoral candidate in Human Nutrition. They will each receive $500 scholarships from the Graduate School. Also representing Entomology and K-State at the Summit was MS student Rukmini Puri Giri (mentored by Ludek Zurek). Congratulations Ryan and Rukmini!


PhD Student Shelly Wiggam Takes Top PhD Poster at Society for Range Management

Shelly WiggamShelly Wiggam, PhD student in Entomology (co-mentored by Greg Zolnerowich and Brian McCornack), brought home first place in the PhD-level poster competition at the 68th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management held from January 31st to February 6th 2015 in Sacramento, California. Her poster was entitled “Patch-Burn Grazing Promotes Pollinator Diversity Through Spatially Explicit Habitat Heterogeneity”. The award is sponsored by the Society for Range Management and Dow AgroSciences. Congratulations, Shelly!



Departmental Values

The Department of Entomology has an excellent, highly-ranked faculty committed to research, teaching, and extension in diverse contemporary disciplines related to entomological science. Kansas State University is a major research institution which also places high value on its teaching and extension programs. The university is located in Manhattan, within the scenic Flint Hills Region. Read More.




Contact Information

For more information
please contact us at:
123 W. Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004
FAX: (785) 532-6232
PHONE: (785) 532-6154


Got Bugs?

For insect identification and general questions contact our diagnostician.

Or reference our Entomology Extension web pages

Also read the Kansas Insect Newsletter, for up-to-date info.


Prospective Students


Time for another Mudge Week!

Benjamin Franklin Mudge

Learn more about Mudge Week, which is coming up on 23-28 March 2015, with activities and competitions for students. 


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Learn about the Kansas Entomological Society here 


Entomological Society of AmericaLearn about the Entomological Society of America here 


And check out the Fall 2015 AgReport with special features about the College and its activities:

AgReport Fall 2015