This three-day training will bring together Scolytinae taxonomy experts from federal agencies and universities to provide a small group of participants with hands-on, one-on-one training on how to identify specimens to genus and species in this difficult subfamily of insects. Microscopes and specimens will be provided for this identification-focused training. This training is designed for professionals dealing with the Scolytinae on a regular basis who have some prior entomological and microscopy training. This includes state, federal, and private industry employees along with students and enthusiasts. Individuals are encouraged to attend all three days to make the most out of this unique training opportunity!

Students are required to bring laptops as the course material will be on-line. Scopes will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring unidentified bark beetles from their collections.


Day 1, May 20 – Travel day

Day 2, May 21

9:00 - 9:30        Introductions and objectives for the workshop

9:30 - 10:15      Presentation on key characters and classification

10:15 - 10:30    Break

10:30 - 12:00    Examine prepared specimens and key to genus

12:00 – 1:30     Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30       Instruction of pinning, pointing, specimen preservation best practices

2:30 – 5:00       Continue keying specimens to genus

6:00                 Social/collecting event (catered dinner provided)

Day 3, May 22

8:00 - 9:00        Common species in beetle survey traps and their identification

9:00 - 10:00      Work on specimen identification and screening aides

10:00 - 10:15    Break

10:15 - 12:00    On-line tools and keys

12:00 – 1:30     Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:00       Screening aides and identification of Ips and Dendroctonus

3:00 - 5:00        Identify specimens working with keys

Dinner on your own

Day 4, May 23

8:00 – 9:00       Xyleborini keys

9:00 – 10:00     Work on xyleborine specimen identification and keys

10:00- 10:15    Break

10:15 - 12:00    Xyleborine identification and/or identification of participant specimens

12:00 – 1:30     Lunch on your own             

1:30 – 4:00       Continue identification, questions and wrap up

Dinner on your own

Day 5, May 24 – Travel Day



The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Price's Fork Road Blacksbug, Virginia
540-231-8000 / 877-200-3360
Bark Beetle Workshop

A block of lodging rooms has been reserved at a special rate of $98 single occupancy, $118 double occupancy.  Reserve your room with the Bark Beetle Workshop link above or by clicking here.  Reservations must be made by Saturday, April 20, 2019.  Early reservations are encouraged as the room block may fill prior to the reservation deadline date.


By Auto
Blacksburg is located in Southwest Virginia on U.S. Route 460, off Interstate 81. From I-81,take Exit 118 which serves all exit ramps A, B, and C. Take 118B and follow signs to Virginia Tech and 460 West. Follow U.S. 460 West Bypass to the Prices Fork/Downtown interchange (about 9 miles). Take the Downtown Exit heading east on Prices Fork Road, and then turn right at the first stop light. After the turn, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is on the right.

By Air
Roanoke Regional Airport: www.flyroa.com


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Section Title
2019 Mid-Atlantic Bark Beetle Identification Workshop
9:00AM to 8:00PM
May 21, 2019
8:00AM to 5:00PM
May 22, 2019
8:00AM to 4:00PM
May 23, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virginia Tech Campus
Workshop Fee non-credit $200.00
Section Notes

Due to the nature of the program, refunds cannot be accommodated.  If you have an emergency or question regarding fees, please contact vceprograms@vt.edu.

Program Trainers:

Robert Rabaglia, Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection
E. Richard Hoebeke, Taxonomic Entomologist, Associate Curator and Collection Manager, University of Georgia Collection of Arthropods
Marc DiGirolomo, Biological Scientist, Northeastern Area, State & Private Forestry, Durham Field Office
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