State Entomologist, Montana Department of Agriculture
Vice President, Apiary Inspectors of America
MSc from Montana State University, 2017
BS from Bowling Green State University, 2014
Alyssa Piccolomini is the State Entomologist for the Montana Department of Agriculture and is based in Helena. Her current duties at the Department of Agriculture focus on regulating the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata) program, inspecting honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies for pests and diseases across the state, and assisting with general insect identification for the CAPS Program. Prior to joining the Department of Agriculture in August of 2017, Alyssa received her Master’s Degree in Entomology from Montana State University. Her research focused on the susceptibility of alfalfa leafcutting bees to pyrethroid insecticides, which are commonly applied for adult mosquito abatement programs. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys saying “this one’s my favorite” when encountering any wildflower, backpacking in Montana’s beautiful country, mountain biking, and knitting - all with her dog, Reed.
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