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Bug of the Month April 2019

Created April 24, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Glassy Cutworm glassy cutworm Photo: Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org Dr. Carcamo and Kevin Floate suggest watching for this cutworm now particularly in fields where wheat and corn are in rotation. According to the Cutworm Pests of Crops on the Canadian Prairies: Identification and Management Field Guide, outbreaks can last 2-3 years. Lifecycle of glassy cutworm taken […]

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Bug of the Month March 2019

Created March 27, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Spiders are friends in the field by Prof. Dan Johnson, University of Lethbridge@DanJohnsonAB Natural enemies of insect pests perform a great ecosystem service and therefore deserve of efforts to conserve them, or at least not actively kill them. We often forget one of the most important groups of organisms that tirelessly battle insects that feed […]

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Tuesday Video – Dr. Kevin Floate

Created February 26, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Cutworms & Carnage Dr. Kevin Floate talks about cutworms in Alberta at Farming Smarter’s Lethbridge conference 2017. He talks about the types of cutworms in Alberta and the crop damage they do. He emphasizes that the Alberta government has an online reporting site to gather info about cutworm populations, types and crop preferences and encourages […]

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Bug of the Month – Bed Bugs

Created February 19, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Eww! says Claudette By Dr. Hector Carcamo Bed bugs happen to anyone, anywhere. You get bed bugs simply by coming into contact with them. Click the photo for more info. Bed bugs are more than just a nuisance human pest. Although they prefer our blood, they can also feed on chickens. This makes them an […]

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Bug of the Month Dec. 2018

Created December 4, 2018 | Category: Bug of the Month

Who survives under the snow? by Dr. Hector Carcamo How cold is cold enough to reduce insect pest numbers like the evil weevils that attack our crops? Well the answer, as is often the case, is ‘it depends.’  It depends on insect species and several environmental factors. Let us take three of our evil weevils as […]

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Bug of the Month – September 20, 2018

Created September 20, 2018 | Category: Bug of the Month

Most of the cutworm species that are pests in Canada overwinter locally, typically as eggs or larvae (see table).  A small number of species (armyworm, black cutworm) re-establish each year in Canada when prevailing winds blow adults northward from the USA.  Pale western cutworm and redbacked cutworm are two of the species that overwinter as […]

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Bug of the Month March 2017

Created March 16, 2017 | Category: Bug of the Month

Rice Leaf bug – Trigonotylus coelestialium Widespread across North America, the rice leaf bug is present in the Canadian prairies.  Adults are narrow bodied, long, and mainly green.  Some have green legs with red hind feet, and red antennae.  Eggs overwinter in grasses in or near cereal crops.  Adults inhabit new cereal crops, such as […]

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