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WVU Davis College to host entomology conference, invites public to free outreach event

Photo of child staring at bug.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Entomology experts will meet at the West Virginia University  Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design to discuss the control of invasive pests using natural enemy insects, forest health protection, drones and sensors in entomology and more March 9-12 in Morgantown. 

For the first time, the Davis College will host the 2024 eastern branch conference, “Bringing Focus to the Unseen,” for the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the largest organization in the world that serves entomologists and their research. 

As part of the conference, the community is invited to “It’s a Bug’s World,” an outreach event that will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10. While the conference is for members, WVU students and faculty, families, children and WVU students are welcome to attend this free interactive event. 

“We hope that ‘It’s a Bug’s World’ will increase public awareness of the importance of insects, what they do and how they help us,” Faith Kuehn, ESA event organizer, said. “It’s also an opportunity to show children some of the interesting career options there are for people who study entomology.” 

There will be 20 booths throughout Evansdale campus with interactive activities and exhibits that include various live insects, bug-eating plants, pollinators, insect jewelry, insect origami and more.  

For more information about the conference, contact professor of entomology Yong-lak Park at  or visit the program website.

For more information about “It’s a Bug’s World,” contact Park or visit the event website 

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design envisions a world sustainably fed, clothed and sheltered. To learn more about the Davis College, visit Keep up with the latest updates and news on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube by following @WVUDavis.



MEDIA CONTACT: Leah Smith    
Communications Specialist  
WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design