Getting High with the Beetles

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My experiences atop these scaffolding towers started soon after I joined the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois in May 1996. As a postdoc, I was to study changes in the behavior of the western corn rootworm (WCR, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte) that had endowed them with resistance to annual crop rotation. Fresh from an insect behavior postdoc at the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, I was committed to “paying attention” to what insects were really doing. Thanks to a fearless collaborator and aerobiologist, Dr. Scott Isard, we took the study of WCR movement to new heights—literally—by building scaffolding towers tall enough that we could watch and collect dispersing WCR as they flew past.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Entomologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • INHS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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