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2019 National Pollinator Week June 17-23

Next week, the importance of pollinators and the services they provide to over 75% of flowering plants is being recognized as National Pollinator Week. There is a wide assortment of pollinators including bees, hummingbirds, bats, beetles, flies, and butterflies. Pollinators

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Pollinator Protection: Hazard versus Risk

Pollinator protection has received a lot of national attention due to decline of honey bees and other wild pollinators. The causes of this are still being studied, but parasites, pathogens, nutrition, genetics, and pesticides all play a role in these

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Protecting Pollinators

Honey bees and other pollinators are as much a part of agriculture as cattle and corn. We hear a lot about protecting pollinators, as we should, since losses of honey bees since 2006 have been at unacceptable and unsustainable levels.

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Bees and Pesticides in the Garden

I received an email from a backyard beekeeper asking how they can avoid problems to bees when using pesticides in the yard. Overwintering losses of honey bee colonies increased in 2006 and remain at unacceptable levels, but at the same

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Bio-solids, Poultry & Swine Manure Amendments Affect Population Densities of Soil Mites on Corn & Wheat Fields in Western Kentucky

Soil mites are considered one of the major components of soil arthropod communities, although they are not well studied. Soil-inhabiting mites play an important role in litter/organic matter decomposition in three different ways: (1) direct litter decomposition, (2) organic matter

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Hover Flies: Beneficial but Occasionally Annoying

Some of the common names of the small bee-like flies shown in Figure 1 include corn fly, hover fly, helicopter fly, flower fly, and sweat bee. Each name fits some aspect of the insect’s appearance, behavior, or hangout. These convincing

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Lady Beetle Pupae

When a lady beetle larva finishes feeding, it attaches the end of its abdomen to a surface and molts to the pupa stage. Pupae of the multicolored Asian lady beetle are commonly found attached to foliage (Figure 1).  The adult

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