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Top Entomology Stories
UK camp ignites youth's interest in insects
Incoming University of Kentucky freshman Tyler Nelson had no idea she was passionate about insects until she attended the Kentucky Forest and Entomology Leadership Program two summers ago. Now, she shares her love of bugs as a camp counselor at Camp Shalom, the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation's summer camp.
"The most exciting thing for us is when somebody like Tyler comes to our camp, doesn't know that much about insects, and leaves with enough knowledge to go teach it to someone else," said Blake Newton entomology extension specialist in the UK College of Agriculture. "To me, that's one of the true aims of extension-- to send out people, almost like an army of teachers, who can go out and spread more knowledge."
The Kentucky Forest and Entomology Leadership Program is a week-long, overnight camp where UK forestry and entomology specialists teach high school students about issues in entomology and forestry. Campers choose their area of concentration, but by the end of the camp...
UK study shows which zinnia cultivar attracts the most butterflies
Many gardeners plant zinnias because of their vibrant colors and ability to attract butterflies. In a recent study, researchers with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture...
UK All Commodity Field Day returns to Princeton in July
It's time for the biennial showcase in Princeton of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's latest research and extension work - work that is not only conducted on its western Kentucky research station, but throughout the entire college. This...
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Emerald ash borer quarantine specifics addressed
Recently, the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist, in consultation with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, issued a quarantine for 20 counties due to the emerald ash borer. Since the quarantine was issued, questions have arisen about the emerald ash borer, including controlling its spread and effects on ash trees.
The emerald ash borer attacks ash trees. Within several years, it can kill a tree. Thus far, the emerald ash borer has been collected at sites in seven Kentucky counties: Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine...
Emerald ash borer confirmed at two locations in Kentucky
Officials with the Office of the State Entomologist in the University of Kentucky Entomology Department today announced two confirmed occurrences in Kentucky of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest of ash trees. These are the first findings of this destructive insect in the state. The discoveries resulted from Kentucky Division of Forestry and University of Kentucky officials investigating reports of dying...
Emerald ash borer traps being installed across Kentucky
Those who live or plan to travel close to the Ohio River this summer likely will see purple prisms hanging from ash trees. These prisms are traps for emerald ash borer.
The emerald ash borer is a small, dark green metallic beetle that attacks all species of ash trees. Adult borers feed on a tree's leaves. The larvae burrow into the tree to feed on the bark, destroying the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients to its canopy. This can cause loss of the entire canopy within a year or two.
The borer was discovered in Michigan in 2002...
Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch underway, numbers trending up
Experts report that eastern tent caterpillars have begun hatching in central Kentucky and that their population numbers are trending up.
"Populations of the eastern tent caterpillar have increased noticeably over the past three years," said Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture entomologist. "While...
UK student's research published by National Academy of Sciences
Each year, Kentucky grape growers struggle to control two important insect pests, the green June beetle and the Japanese beetle. In a recent study, Derrick Hammons, a University of Kentucky doctoral student, showed that even minor feeding by Japanese beetles greatly increases the likelihood that green June beetles will wreak havoc on clusters of ripening grapes.
A paper summarizing...
Fulcher wins regional award for IPM leadership
University of Kentucky Extension Associate Amy Fulcher has earned a regional award for her leadership in integrated pest management.
On February 13, she received the Friends of IPM "Future Leader" Award from the Southern Region IPM Center. The award presentation took place during the Annual Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and Trade Show in Atlanta, Georgia.
From the beginning of her career, Fulcher has initiated and delivered IPM programs that generated results. As a County Extension Agent for Horticulture in Hopkins County...
Hemlock woolly adelgid spreads further west
The hemlock woolly adelgid has moved farther west and recently was found on trees at Natural Bridge State Park in Powell County and the Big South Fork in McCreary County. University of Kentucky Entomology Professor Lynne Rieske-Kinney is working to monitor, study and control the spread of the insect that can devastate Eastern hemlock trees.
"We are trying to learn to manage the hemlock woolly adelgid to preserve the Eastern hemlock because without intervention, this insect could certainly cause the loss of that tree species in Kentucky's forests," she...