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Department of Entomology

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

785-532-6232 fax

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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, as well as 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.


Department logoPhD Fellowship Available for Fall 2016

The Department of Entomology at Kansas State University is now offering a Ph.D. Fellowship to a select applicant who wishes to start a Ph.D. program in Fall 2016. Fellowships provide $28K per year for exceptional students to pursue a PhD in Entomology with any member of our faculty in any area relevant to our departmental expertise. We are looking for highly motivated, self-directed students who have experience conducting research and can clearly express themselves in writing and orally. Selection will be based on: academic excellence, as evidenced by rigor of previous coursework, GPA and (general) GRE scores; research experience, as evidenced by publications and presentations; letters of recommendation, which should address the applicant’s suitability for a Fellowship and potential impact on entomology; and a statement of purpose, which should include goals and career aspirations, and specific research focus. We will also consider the fit between the student’s interests and expertise available in the Department.

For application instructions, follow links to Graduate Program at left. Applications are due January 15, 2016; please note in your cover letter that you are applying for a Ph.D. Fellowship, and notify Dr. David Margolies at dmargoli@ksu.edu that you are applying for the fellowship.

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.






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.


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Revised July 7, 2015.

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


Mudge Week 2016
April 4th to 9th

Benjamin Franklin Mudge

See results for 2015 Mudge Week, held on March 23-28, 2015.

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Learn about the Kansas Entomological Society
Entomological Society of America
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Fall 2015 AgReport

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

AgReport Fall 2015