Alfalfa Weevil, A Key Pest of the First Alfalfa Cutting

Alfalfa weevil is a key insect pest on the first alfalfa cutting. Tip feeding should show up soon in established fields (Figure 1). This insect occurs throughout the state, but sound management practices, weather patterns, and natural enemies often keep

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Black Cutworm & Armyworm Moth Captures Show a Big Increase

Black cutworm (BCW) and armyworm (AW) moths captured in the IPM traps at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY show a substantial increase for the trap week ending Friday, April 10. In the case of BCW (Figure

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Variegated Cutworms Devour Tobacco Float Plants

Variegated cutworm is a common and destructive pest in tobacco transplant production. The moths fly as early as March, so infestations can begin soon after seedlings begin to grow. Moths are attracted to outdoor lighting and this may be a

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Potentially a Good Spring for Aphids

Aphids are among the first insects to appear on trees and shrubs in spring. They thrive under cool, rainy, conditions; our weather pattern to date has favored them. Aphids occur in colonies (Figure 1) on tender growth: flower buds, expanding

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Carpenter Bees Are Boring

Male and female carpenter bees are becoming active after spending the winter in last year’s tunnels. They resemble bumble bees but have shiny, bare abdomens (Figure 1); bumble bee abdomens are “hairy.” Females have black faces. They are not aggressive

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2015 Insect Trap Counts

Weekly trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research and Education Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Update

Despite the lingering cool weather, spring is upon us, and fruit set is underway with plasticulture strawberries. This is the first of the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) susceptible crops, which also include blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and grapes. Last year,

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