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Department of Entomology

Department of Entomology
123 W. Waters Hall
1603 Old Claflin Place
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004

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Discover the world of arthropods!


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. 

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 we 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. 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.

Prospective Students

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.

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Revised August 14, 2020

International Recognition    CWUR Logo

KSU Department of Entomology was ranked the 4th best department of entomology in the world by the Center for World University Rankings on April 3rd, 2017. The rankings are based on the number and quality of professional publications produced by the department. Congratulations to the department on its remarkable productivity!  

What's My Bug?

Our insect diagnostic service is currently accepting identification requests of digital images using a new online form.  For more details, go to the Diagnostician PageAcanthocephala

Or reference our Entomology Extension web pages

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

Mudge Week
2020, Dates TBD

Benjamin Franklin Mudge

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