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Ask Dr. Universe: How do bugs walk on water?
December 14, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – The other day I was out ice skating when I started thinking about your question. Water strider bugs skitter across ponds almost as if they were skating on ice.

Among Xmas lights and garland … bugs?
December 8, 2015

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Bug-Ornament-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Give your Christmas tree a good shake before carrying it indoors. If not, you’ll probably transport holiday hitchhikers straight into your living room.

Collman helped start program 40 years ago
September 20, 2013



Entomologist Sharon Collman looks at the bugs she found under a rock near
the WSU Snohomish County Extension office during a recent bug hunt. (Photo
by Mark Mulligan, Everett Herald)



By Andrea Brown, Everett Herald
EVERETT, Wash. – Sharon Collman isn’t afraid of bugs. She’s afraid of not having enough bugs.

The good, the bad and some really ugly ones end up pinned on display boards at her WSU Snohomish County Extension office in Everett.

Read the complete article from the Everett Herald at

Experts offer multilevel bug defense
October 16, 2008


Photo: WSU Spokane Extension Master Gardeners Levi Strauss, left, Wayne Green and Brigitta ozefowski discuss a strategy for dealing with a caterpillar outbreak. (Photo courtesy of WSU Extension Spokane)


By Robert Frank, WSU Today


Spiders and beetles and flies. Oh my!


Eggs and bugs in my food! Oh yuk!


‘Tis fall, and along with a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, the autumn temperatures also can usher in a multitude of bugs and critters. These insects thrive in the surrounding fields, trees, soil and grass, … » More …

Researchers eliminate agricultural pests
September 12, 2007

A team of WSU researchers and their wine-industry collaborators are the winners of the 2007 Integrated Pest Management Team Award. The award is given each year to the team that successfully implements an IPM solution to an agricultural pest problem.



The Pacific Northwest Vineyard IPM team, led by entomologist Doug Walsh, and based at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, devised an innovative technique that virtually eliminated cutworm bud damage on grapevines.


The vineyard solution saves growers about $5.5 million a year and has resulted in … » More …

Digital diagnosis images nip plant disease in the bud
June 27, 2007

(Photo: Using DDDI system to identify diseased tree. Photo by Norm Dart, Puyallup Research and Extension Station.) Last spring, a small, nondescript moth alighted on a family apple tree in western Washington. Before it had time to make itself at home, however, it was whisked away by a vigilant crop consultant and identified as the Cherry Bark Tortrix (Enarmonia formosana), an exotic pest which has been slowly migrating down from British Columbia. Thanks to the Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging system – coordinated through the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension station – the emerging pest, whose larvae bore into the bark of fruit trees, was prevented from … » More …

This time, you get to bite the bug
October 31, 2005

Mealworm tacos and cricket chili are among the delicacies that students in Washington State University entomology Professor Richard Zack‘s “Insects and People” class will dish up Friday, Nov. 4.From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Cascade Room of the Compton Union Building, Zack’s students will sample and serve a variety of foods that have insects as a primary ingredient. Friday’s menu also includes breads and cookies sweetened with a common bug byproduct – honey.The session, which is free and open to the public, follows his lecture on the nutritional value of insects and the cultures worldwide that depend on insects as a dietary staple.”Around … » More …

Virgin Palouse Prairie serves as insect refuge
June 24, 2005

PULLMAN — A 30-plus-acre slope near here may be one of the last, best chances to understand the insect world of the pre-agriculture Palouse Prairie, according to Richard Zack, Washington State University entomology professor .He and graduate student Jessica Thompson of Chico, Calif., are conducting research on the plot this summer to determine how the insect population — especially the moth population — there differs from the insect population in surrounding agricultural areas.“The question is: Does it still maintain an insect fauna that probably would have been common throughout the area before we started farming here? The insects aren’t necessarily rare everywhere, but they are … » More …