Monthly Archives: June 2015

Welcome to Dr. Carl Bradley

The University of Kentucky’s Extension Plant Pathology Team wishes to extend our warmest welcome to Dr. Carl Bradley.  Dr. Bradley begins his tenure as an Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology effective July 1, 2015.  He will be based at the

Posted in Announcements

Emerald Ash Borer Found In Madison and Mercer Counties

Joe Collins, Senior Nursery Inspector in the Office of the State Entomologist, captured an emerald ash borer (EAB) in a trap placed at Fort Boonesboro; this is the first discovery of this insect in Madison County. Jessica Cole, Mercer County

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Nightmare On Oak Street

Oak Leaf Skeletonizer A leaf attacked by oak leaf skeletonizer (OLS) caterpillars is reduced to a veiny skeleton held in place by thin tissue of the upper leaf surface (Figure 1). Skull-like empty head capsules littering the lower leaf surface

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

It’s In the Bag

Small bagworms are feeding now. It takes careful inspection to detect small larvae wrapped in silk bags with pieces of leaf attached (Figure 1). Check small trees and shrubs that have a history of problems to see if the insects

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Nest-Building Caterpillars

The ugly nest caterpillar, which is yellow-green with a dark head, is most commonly found on chokecherry and black cherry, but they will feed on other hardwood trees and some shrubs. These caterpillars spin dense, unsightly silk tents (Figure 1)

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Dogwood Sawflies

As with many plant-feeding insects, the dogwood sawfly is one of those pests that rarely draws much attention but occasionally can be very destructive. A report of damage early this week provides a good opportunity to review this interesting and

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Night Light Beetles

Masked chafer adults (Figure 1) are among the many night-flying insects attracted to lights. Large numbers can accumulate around windows and outdoor lights, or be seen hovering over the turf after dark. While similar to May beetles, Japanese beetles, and

Posted in Lawn & Turf