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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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Welcome to Entomology!

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 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 16 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.


KSU Entomology Students reap awards at ESA North Central Branch Meeting

Linnaean Games team 2018KSU Entomology students had another successful meeting at the 2018 North Central Branch meeting in Madison, Wisconsin! Matt Hamblin received 2nd place in the Undergraduate poster competition and 3rd Place in the Triplehorn Pinning Challenge. Jackie Maille (MS student with Tom Phillips) took 3rd Place in the MUVE-SysEB-PBT paper competition for MS students. Ryan Schmid ((PhD student with Brian McCornack) got a student travel grant and brought home 1st Place in the P-IE PhD paper competition. Great work! Our other students did a good job as well, but didn't place. Our Linnaean Games team also was in action at the NCB meeting. They were defeated in the first round by University of Kentucky 55-70. They worked hard and we're proud of them! Our team was (pictured, left to right) Rachel Wilkins, Ryan Schmid, Matt Hamblin, and Stephen Losey. Not shown, but in the audience cheering them on, was alternate Jackie Maille. They were coached by Greg Zolnerowich. Great job, all! We're proud of all of our students!

KSU Entomologist Raymond Cloyd Recognized at ESA North Central Branch

Raymond CloydKSU Professor of Entomology Raymond Cloyd (pictured left) was recognized as the 2018 recipient of the North Central Branch Award for Excellence in Horticultural Entomology. This award recognizes excellent work in horticultural entomology for entomologists throughout the 14 central US states and 3 Canadian provinces that make up the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Congratulations, Raymond!

Field Guide to Western North American Fireflies - 2016 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.


Kansas State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status, in the university's programs and activities as required by applicable laws and regulations. The person designated with responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning the nondiscrimination policy is the university's Title IX Coordinator: the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity, equity@k-state.edu, 103 Edwards Hall, 1810 Kerr Drive, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-4801. Telephone: 785-532-6220 | TTY or TRS: 711. The campus ADA Coordinator is the Director of Employee Relations and Engagement, who may be reached at charlott@k-state.edu or 103 Edwards Hall, 1810 Kerr Drive, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-4801, 785-532-6277 and TTY or TRS 711.

Revised Aug. 29, 2017.

What's My Bug?
Please note that our insect diagnostic service is now closed until further notice. We hope to be able to reopen the service when budgets will allow us to do so. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more details, go to the Diagnostician Page. Acanthocephala

Or reference our Entomology Extension web pages

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

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Mudge Week
March 26-31, 2018

Benjamin Franklin Mudge


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Fall 2018 AgReport

Check out the Fall 2018 AgReport with special features about the College and its activities:

AgReport Fall 2018