Entomology, from the Greek words entomos (meaning segmented) and logia (meaning study of) is the scientific discipline focused on the study of insects. It is a sub-discipline of zoology (the study of animals).
Worldwide, the number of insect species is estimated conservatively by the International Union for Conservation of Nature to approach (or likely exceed) 950,000. Insects are critical components of Earth's ecological systems in their varied roles that range from pollinators to disease vectors to foodstuffs rich in protein.
While bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, their presence is unwelcome and has presented difficult challenges and distress to many people. Experts suspect the...
Evolution of blood sucking insectsLast Updated on 2013-02-18 at 11:03
Evolution of blood sucking insects is intimately intertwined with the evolution of higher organisms. The class Insecta consists of about three quarters of a million described... More »
History of pathogensLast Updated on 2012-11-19 at 01:35
The history of pathogens can be construed as examining the known information regarding the occurrence of pathogens in Geologic time, and also the period of mankind's... More »
West Nile VirusLast Updated on 2012-09-16 at 08:23
Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile virus (WNV) that can... More »
Pest managementLast Updated on 2012-09-03 at 08:55
Early detection and treatment of pests means a healthier growing environment.
In Your Backyard
Pest management can be one of the... More »
Beneficial insectsLast Updated on 2012-07-26 at 12:08
The Nine-spotted Ladybug used to be one of the most commonly encountered ladybugs throughout its historic range. In recent years, it has declined to the point which it is now... More »
Insect RepellentLast Updated on 2012-07-19 at 11:57
Insect Repellent Use and Safety
Do Not Ignore Insect Repellent Directions
Applying insect repellant is not complicated, but before you do, be sure to read the label... More »