Robert Wright - Extension Entomologist

Robert Wright

faculty
Work Entomology Hall (ENTO) 213
Lincoln NE 68583-0816
US
Work 402-472-2128 On campus, dial 2-2128

icon-academic-capEducation

  • BA, University of California, 1975
  • MS, University of Arizona, 1977
  • Ph D, North Carolina State University, 1981

icon-chat-userCourses

  • ENTO 888, MS Degree Project, Fall 2018

Faculty Bio
Twitter: @BobWrightUNL

Counties documented as infested in 2018 (red) and 2019 (orange).
Figure 2. Counties documented as infested in 2018 (red) and 2019 (orange).

Soybean Gall Midge Adults Emerge from this Year’s Soybean Fields

July 17, 2019
A significant number of soybean gall midge adults have been collected from this year’s soybean fields in east-central and northeast Nebraska. Dead and dying plants have been observed near infested sites in both northeast and east central Nebraska.

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Painted lady butterfly
Figure 1. Painted lady butterly (Photo by Jim Kalisch)

Painted Lady Butterflies Are Abundant In Many Areas—What Now?

July 10, 2019
Treatment is not recommended for the painted lady butterfly currently being seen in high numbers and could endanger beneficial insects. Treatment thresholds offer guidance for treating feeding caterpillars.

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Western corn rootworm beetle feeding on a leaf of corn

Western Corn Rootworm Beetles Emerging, Time to Scout

July 9, 2019
Western corn rootworm beetles began emerging in southeast and south central Nebraska and will feed on corn leaves until silks, their favored food, emerge. Beetles will emerge somewhat later in northeast and western Nebraska.

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Figure 1. Soybean plant showing signs of wilting from soybean gall midge infestation.
Figure 1. Soybean plant showing signs of wilting from soybean gall midge infestation. (Photo by Justin McMechan)

Soybean Gall Midge: New Counties Infested and Second Generation Adults Emerging

July 8, 2019
Since June 30, low levels of adult emergence have been observed from east-central and northeast Nebraska counties from last year’s soybean fields. On July 2 and July 4 adults were found emerging from this year's soybeans in east-central Nebraska.

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Green June beetle
Green June beetle

Help Identify Crop Insect Distribution in Nebraska

July 8, 2019
Have you seen these three insects in your fields? They are expanding their geographic range in Nebraska and we would like to identify where they can currently be found.

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Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem
Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem

Soybean Gall Midge Larvae Found in Soybean Plants

June 29, 2019
In Nebraska, soybean gall midge larval injury to soybean has been found in most areas where adult soybean gall midge activity occurred over the past two weeks It is unlikely foliar insecticides will affect this insect.

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Japanese beetle

Japanese Beetles Emerging; Scout Corn and Soybean Fields

June 27, 2019
Japanese beetle adults are beginning to emerge in eastern Nebraska corn and soybeans, as well as landscape trees and shrubs. They will continue to emerge for the next few weeks. This story includes a guide for estimating total defoliation from multiple insects to determine need for treatment in soybean.

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Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem
Soybean gall midge larvae inside a soybean stem

Soybean Gall Midge: Management Window Changing for Nebraska Growers

June 26, 2019
Soybean gall midge larvae found feeding within soybean plants in east central Nebraska mean foliar applications will likely no longer be effective. In northeast Nebraska, however, they may still be effective for a short time.

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