Michael Skvarla

Extension Educator; Director, Insect Identification Lab

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Mites Methodology Coleoptera Canada History North America World Mite Steel New Species Traps Arthropods Biodiversity Soil Deer Cunaxidae Acariformes Bark Mexico Cerambycidae Buffaloes Hemiptera Water Mites Trombidiformes Carabidae

Most Recent Publications

New Information about Lizard Beetles (Coleoptera: Erotylidae: Languria angustata (Beauvois, 1805) and Languria mozardi Latreille, 1807) in Pennsylvania

Michael J. Skvarla, John Tooker, Adriana Murillo-Williams, 2023, Coleopterists Bulletin on p. 28-31

Superfamily Chrysidoidea

Michael Skvarla, 2023, on p. 361-383

Chloe E. Roberts, Edwin R. Burgess, Taylor M. Miller, Anna Marie Wise, Cera J. Dickerson, Michael J. Skvarla, Andrew Y. Li, Erika T. Machtinger, 2022, Wildlife Society Bulletin

Rediscovery of Polystoechotes punctata (Fabricius, 1793) (Neuroptera: Ithonidae) in Eastern North America

Michael J. Skvarla, J. Ray Fisher, 2022, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington on p. 332-345

First Record of Crapemyrtle Bark Scale (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae: Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae) from Pennsylvania

Michael J. Skvarla, Scott A. Schneider, 2022, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington on p. 862-868

Jorō spiders

Michael Skvarla, 2022,

Murder Hornet Mayhem: The Impact of the 2020 Giant Hornet Panic and COVID-19 Pandemic on Arthropod Identification Laboratories

Michael J. Skvarla, Matthew A. Bertone, Patrick J. Liesch, 2022, American Entomologist on p. 38-43

David R. Coyle, Jamielee Adams, Erin Bullas-Appleton, Jennifer Llewellyn, Alexander Rimmer, Michael J. Skvarla, Sandy M. Smith, Juang Horng Chong, 2022, Journal of Integrated Pest Management

Hammerhead Flatworms and Other Land Planaria of Eastern North America

Michael Skvarla, 2022,

Most-Cited Papers

Michael J. Skvarla, Jonathan L. Larson, J. Ray Fisher, Ashley P.G. Dowling, 2021, Annals of the Entomological Society of America on p. 27-47

Catalogue of snout mites (Acariformes: Bdellidae) of the world

Fabio A. Hernandes, Michael J. Skvarla, J. Ray Fisher, Ashley P.G. Dowling, Ronald Ochoa, Edward A. Ueckermann, Gary R. Bauchan, 2016, Zootaxa on p. 1-83

Deer keds (Diptera: Hippoboscidae: Lipoptena and Neolipoptena) in the United States and Canada: New state and county records, pathogen records, and an illustrated key to species

Michael J. Skvarla, Erika T. Machtinger, 2019, Journal of Medical Entomology on p. 744-760

An Update to the Adventive Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphidoidea) of America North of Mexico, with Notes on Intercepted Species

Michael J. Skvarla, Susan E. Halbert, Robert G. Foottit, Andrew S. Jensen, Eric Maw, Gary L. Miller, 2017, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington on p. 90-111

Revision of torrent mites (Parasitengona, Torrenticolidae, Torrenticola) of the United States and Canada: 90 descriptions, molecular phylogenetics, and a key to species

J. Ray Fisher, Danielle M. Fisher, Michael J. Skvarla, Whitney A. Nelson, Ashley P.G. Dowling, 2017, ZooKeys on p. 1-496

J. Ray Fisher, Danielle M. Fisher, Whitney A. Nelson, Joseph C. O’Neill, Michael J. Skvarla, Ron Ochoa, Gary R. Bauchan, Andrea J. Radwell, Ashley P.G. Dowling, 2015, Acarologia on p. 71-116

Two new species and eight new combinations of pulaeini berlese (Acari: Cunaxidae) from Iran, with key to species of lupaeus and pulaeus in the world

Saeid Paktinat-Saeij, Tatiane M.M.G. De Castro, Mohammad Bagheri, Michael Skvarla, Gilberto J. De Moraes, 2016, Systematic and Applied Acarology on p. 778-790

News Articles Featuring Michael Skvarla

Penn State’s Great Insect Fair returns to Snider Ag Arena on Sept. 30

Penn State’s 2023 Great Insect Fair will highlight the theme, “Bugs in the System,” focusing on the technology used in entomology. All are invited to attend the Great Insect Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.

Lancaster County beekeepers on alert as yellow-legged hornets appear in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has confirmed the sighting of yellow-legged hornet, a threat to honeybee hives

Spider bites sleeping man's throat: 'I woke up choking and couldn't breathe'

Chris Cowsley woke up and found he was unable to breathe in the early hours of Sunday, 23 July. Later, he would learn that a spider had crawled down his throat while he was sleeping.

Stunning, Pink Grasshopper Spotted in a Welsh Garden: 'Vivid Color'

An expert says pink grasshoppers aren't quite as rare as they seem — and the genetic mutation can be spotted around the world

The Gypsy Moth Has a New Name, Could Do More Damage This Year

Here's what to do about those caterpillars devouring your trees.

The bite stops here: Fighting Lyme disease with prevention

As spring temperatures rise, many people will spend more time on outdoor activities, increasing their risk of encountering pathogen-carrying ticks.

How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats in Your Houseplants

Got houseplants? Chances are you’ve got fungus gnats too. These teeny bugs are only about 1/16th of an inch long and often are seen flitting around near houseplants or in rooms where you have lots of greenery. Are they harming your plants? And how can you get rid of fungus gnats, anyway?

Fact check: Video shows flower clusters, not 'rain of worms'

A March 10 Instagram post displays a video of fuzzy, worm-like shapes covering cars and scattered along a street as people walk with umbrellas. "It literally rained worms in China," reads the overlaid text on the first image of the post.

What does Pittsburgh's mild winter mean for spring bugs?

On the calendar, it might technically be winter. In real life, Penn State assistant research professor Michael Skvarla just pulled a black-legged tick off his daughter about a week ago. That’s typically a spring and summer problem.

Penn State University researcher discovers bug dating back to Jurassic Period

Michael Skvarla is an assistant research professor who operates the Insect Identification Laboratory at Penn State University. Skvarla recently made national news for his discovery of a bug that hasn't been seen in Eastern North America for more than 50 years. He discovered a Giant Lacewing outside a Walmart in Arkansas in 2012.