Joshua Villazana

Research Coordinator
Plant-Insect Interactions

Never be satisfied with what you know, only with what more you can find out - Daniel Stone

Staff Profile


  • M.S. in Entomology - University of Maine, Orono
  • B.S. in Biology - University of Texas Brownsville
  • Board Certified Entomologist - Urban/Industrial Entomology #B3377


Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Villazana, J., and A. Alyokhin, 2019: Development of black soldier fly larvae (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) on seafood wastes. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed (Accepted).
  2. Villazana, J., and A. Alyokhin, 2019: Tolerance of Immature Black Soldier Flies to Cold Temperatures Above and Below Freezing Point. Journal of Economic Entomology (Accepted).
  3. E. Bernard, Villazana, J., and A. Alyokhin, J. Rose, 2020: Colonization of Finfish Substrate Inhabited by Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) by Blowflies (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), Bacteria, and Fungi. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed (Accepted).

Non-refereed Journal Articles

  1. Villazana, J., 2022: Summer Edition “Ant Bating Tips” Pg 6 GCPMA Quarterly Newsletter
  2. Villazana, J., 2022: Spring Edition “The Tale of FSS Inc’s Emergency Fumigation” Pg 13 GCPMA Quarterly Newsletter
  3. Villazana, J., 2022: June Issue FSS Blog “Landscaping Matters Around Food Plants”
  4. Villazana, J., 2022: April Issue FSS Blog “Ant Baiting Tips”
  5. Villazana, J., 2021: September Issue FSS Blog “IPM FAQ”
  6. Villazana, J., 2020: Raising Black Soldier Flies: For Fun and Profit (2018 University of Maine M.S. thesis summary). The Maine Entomologist Vol. 24, No. 2.   


Previous unpublished research conducted

To broaden our understanding of the long-term developmental effects of soils contaminated with neonicotinoids on ground-nesting bees such as (Colletes inaequalis). I investigated their behavior in custom-made laboratory observation nests. See information here


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