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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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Monarch Butterfly in Kentucky and Early Season Pest Management at Way-stations

Monarch Butterfly Sightings in 2015 According to this monarch butterfly migration page, the first reported sightings of monarch butterflies (Figure 1) in Kentucky were May 12 in Danville, May 13 in Lexington, and May 24 in Scottsville. Previous monarch research

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Honey Bee Foraging Facts

Honey bees will readily visit flowers within ½ mile to 2 miles of their colony, but they will travel as much as 6 miles, if necessary. Optimum air temperatures for flower visits are between 60°F and 90° Honey bee foraging

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