University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

120 Years of Entomology at the University of Kentucky

120 Years In 1891, Dr. Harrison Garman (right) was named the first chair of the department of "Zoology and Entomology" in the University of Kentucky's Agriculture Experiment Station. Since then, we've experienced 120 years of innovation, growth, and research, not to mention an awful lot of insects. Read all about our first 120 years in our new book.


120 Years of Entomology: The Book

This 40 page, full-color document, designed for us by the College of Agriculture's Communication Services, highlights our department's history and showcases our current endeavors. Read about our department's rise to national prominence, and learn about some of the individuals who helped make history, including Mary Didlake, who in 1895 became UK's first female valedictorian, and in 1901 was the first female employee at the Agricultural Experiment Station. Also in the document are in-depth profiles that cover each of our current research programs. Download the Free PDF.


UK At The Half: Audio Clip

Carl Nathe, the voice of University of Kentucky football, helped us to celebrate our 120th Anniversary with a "UK At The Half" audio segment during the Sept 16, 2011, varsity football match-up with arch rivals the University of Louisville Cardinals. Download the audio clip here (mp3 format). Visit Carl Nathe's media page at


Black Fly Pupae
Above: Black Fly Pupae, circa 1910, from UK Entomology Staff Artist W.C. Matthews
Above right: Harrison Garman, Kentucky’s first Chair of the
University of Kentucky Department of Entomology and Botany