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Urban entomology is the study of insects associated with the near environments of humans and their companion animals. Worldwide, urbanization is increasing at the rate of 3.8% annually, and in the year 2000 the percentage of individuals living in urban environments (52%) exceeded the percentage living in rural environments for the first time in history. As urban populations increase, the presence of insect pests in these environments can have a significant impact on the social, medical, economic, and aesthetic well-being of people living there.
At MU, programs in Urban Entomology seek to understand more about the insects that inhabit human environments and to mitigate their negative impacts.
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- Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Your Christmas tree may have extra gifts on it instead of under it. “Some trees come with a bonus gift from nature – praying mantises,” says Tamra Reall, University of Missouri Extension specialist in horticulture. Reall ...
- Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Snow days and winter holidays give parents and child care workers openings to teach kids about the wonders of nature. “Winter break is a great time to teach children about insects and gardening,” says University of Missouri ...
Publication date: April 1, 2019
The ability to sting, coupled with their great mobility, makes bees and wasps some of the most feared of all insects. Many species of bees and wasps are present in every geographic region of Missouri. These species vary in aggressiveness and other ...
Publication date: April 1, 2016
Silverfish and firebrats (also called bristletails) belong to the insect order Thysanura. Three species of silverfish — Lepisma saccharina, Ctenolepisma longicaudata and Ctenolepisma quadriseriata — and one species of firebrat, Thermobia ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2015
Crickets belong to the insect order Orthoptera, which also includes grasshoppers and katydids. The chirping sounds for which they are famous are made by the adult males rubbing their wings together to attract females. Like their grasshopper and ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2014
The name carpenter bee applies to several species of bees in the United States that excavate tunnels in sound wood. The only species of economic importance found in Missouri is Xylocopa virginica (L.), a large species also known from Florida north to ...
Publication date: Aug. 1, 2014
Fleas are blood-sucking ectoparasites of humans and domestic animals all over the world. More than 2,200 species of fleas have been identified worldwide, but only about 30 species are found in Missouri. Humans are affected by few of these species. ...
Insect identification guide for Future Farmers of America Entomology contest
Identification, life cycle and habits, damage potential and control measures for fruit flies.
Identification, life cycle and habits, damage potential, and control measures for dark-winged fungus gnats.
Identification, life cycle and habits, damage potential, and control measures for green bottle flies.