Want to adopt an insect? Any critter is possible on National Pet Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- For some, the thought of a tarantula makes their skin crawl. Not Keara Clancy. The more exotic the critter, the more she embraces it. From the time she was about 5, Clancy recalls collecting millipedes as pets at her school playground. “As long as I can remember, I’ve liked bugs,” said Clancy, a University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences junior in wildlife ecology and conservation, part of the

UF/IFAS CALS student earns national research grant for work to reduce invasive species

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida student has been chosen as one of nine undergraduate students to receive a research grant from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Current UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) senior Rachel Watson was awarded the $2,000 grant to continue her research on a potential biological control agent, psyllid Calophya latiforceps, which could be used to suppress the

UF/IFAS Bug Week arriving early this year, to offer more live events

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Mark your calendars – the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is holding Bug Week early this year, offering more live events than ever. The weeklong celebration of all things bug-related will happen Friday, March 30 through Saturday, April 7, said Beverly James, UF/IFAS director of public relations. Now in its sixth year, Bug Week promotes awareness of entomology – the scientific study of