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Insects Category

  • Squash Vine Borer

      ​If you have squash or related plants that suddenly wilt and die, you may have squash vine borer. This insect will bore into the stems of squash, zucchini, pumpkins and gourds. Hubbard squash are a favorite, and butternuts are less likely to be...

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  • Garden Spiders

    People may become concerned when they see a large, noticeable spider setting up shop in or near the garden. These garden spiders feed on insects and are considered beneficial.       There are actually two common species of garden spiders in Kansas...

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  • Milkweed Insects

    With all the attention to milkweeds and the decline of monarch butterflies more and more people are searching milkweeds for the monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars.  Often what they find is something else!Gardeners typically find at least 5 common...

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  • Japanese Beetles (JB)

    Japanese beetles have become a firmly established pest species in portions of Kansas. Potential damage is twofold. Most commonly, Japanese beetles indiscriminately feed on nearly 300 plant species including fruits, vegetables, agronomic and forage crops,...

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  • Beyond Honeybees: Now Wild Bees and Butterflies May Be in Trouble

    By now you probably know about the plight of America’s honeybees: the collapsed colonies and dying hives, threatening pollination services to crops and the future of a much-beloved insect. But it’s not just honeybees that are in trouble. Many...

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  • Periodical Cicadas Coming Soon—in Some Places

    If you missed out experiencing the huge emergence of 13-year cicadas in 2011 because they weren’t present in your part of Missouri, you may have an opportunity this year. Two other broods of periodical cicadas will emerge this spring, and mostly...

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  • EAB found in White Fringe Trees in Ohio with high pest populations

    White fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) has been found attacked by emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) by Don Cipollini, a professor at Wright State University in Ohio Details A larval specimen and a partial adult specimen extracted...

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  • Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut

    Black walnut is ecologically and economically important to Missouri, and thousand cankers disease (TCD) represents a serious threat to this resource. TCD occurs when the walnut twig beetle (WTB), Pityophthorus juglandis, attacks walnut trees, spreading...

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  • Emerald Ash Borer News

    FROM THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION FOREST HEALTH PROGRAM December 2014 Newsletter The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is a non-native forest pest causing widespread mortality of ash trees in North America. By the end...

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  • UNINVITED VISITORS IN YOUR HOME

    THIS RECENT RUN OF ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES HAS SEEN QUITE A BIT OF INSECT ACTIVITY AROUND HOMES. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF “CRITTERS” IN THE BLACKLIGHT TRAP THAT I CONTINUE TO RUN IN MY BACKYARD, AS WELL AS OTHER “NIGHT FLIERS” THAT CONGREGATE...

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