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Bumble Bee Discord

Two reports of bumble bee attacks last week were reminders that these industrious insects do not like a lawn mower passing over or too near their nests, and they will come out to register complaints. Most of our common bumble

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Lawn Ants

Several species of ants are common landscape residents. They nest in places that meet their needs: suitable soil type and drainage, convenient food sources, and in some cases, sheltering rocks or logs. We most commonly share greenspace with field ants,

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Japanese Beetles Aren’t Finished

Japanese beetle activity in some parts of Kentucky this year have resembled scenes from the 1980s when this insect rolled across the state (Figure 1). Although the peak of adult feeding has passed for 2017, the last of the adults

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Turf-cruising Green June Beetles and Bluewinged Wasps

Green June beetles (Figure 1) and bluewinged wasps (Figure 2) are beginning to cruise turf areas now. Green June beetle grubs feed on organic matter in the soil. These grubs do not feed on plant roots, but they can uproot

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Cicada Killer Wasps

Large, but mild-mannered, female cicada killer wasps (Figure 1) are buzzing across Kentucky intent on: Digging underground burrows and Provisioning themselves with paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae. The wasps will focus on these tasks over

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Ground Nesting Bees Are Important Pollinators

About 70% of the bee species in the U.S. raise their young in underground tunnels. These ground-nesting pollinators select loose, well-drained soil in open, sunny sites. Tunnel entrances are holes about the diameter of a pencil.  Entrances are surrounded by

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Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky during July and August.  Females are intent on their tasks of: 1) digging underground burrows and 2) provisioning them with the paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae. These insects

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