Entomologist: Understanding a Bug’s Life - View the video

Phil Pellitteri

Phil Pellitteri
Distinguished Faculty Associate
UW Madison Department of Entomology

1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Phil Pellitteri grew up in Madison and went on to receive both an undergraduate and a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. He has managed the Insect Diagnostic Lab since 1978. The lab was established to identify insects and insect damaged plant material from around the state. The lab processes between 1,500-2,300 samples per year. Pellitteri also teaches on campus and conducts approximately 50-60 talks and workshops statewide on various insect and other arthropod related problems. He is also is the Extension Urban Entomologist for the Department and handles about 70-80 media requests for insect information each year earning him title as the go to guy for all things bugs in Wisconsin.

Insects make up about 80 percent of the life forms on Earth. Understanding this dominant species is the role of an Entomologist. Phil Pellitteri has made the science of bugs his life’s work, running the Insect Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison for about 35 years. Through his work as an Entomologist, and Wisconsin’s anointed “Bug Expert,” Pellitteri explains how this ever changing field of science can identify important insect issues and their impact on humans. (Running Time 23:31)