Insects

Western bean cutworm colony

Establishing a Western Bean Cutworm Colony in the Laboratory October 4, 2017

The western bean cutworm is an important pest of corn and dry beans in Nebraska and is a major focus of research at the Agroecosystems Entomology Laboratory at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Because WBC has only one generation per year, researchers are now growing their own population to use in laboratory and field studies.

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Nebraska map of Japanese beetle distribution

Japanese Beetles Migrating West April 13, 2017

A newly released map of confirmed Japanese beetle populations in Nebraska shows their westward movement from where they were first identified near Lincoln and Omaha several years ago. 

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Aug. 30 Seminar on Next Generation of Insect-Resistant Biotech Crops August 24, 2016

Amit Sethi, research scientist at the DuPont-Pioneer Research and Development Center in Johnston, Iowa will present a seminar on "The Next Generation of Insect-Resistant Biotech Crops" Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Lincoln. The public is welcome.

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Table of variegated cutworm moth counts for April 1-28, 2016
Variegated cutworm moth counts

Insect Moth Trap Counts - 2016 April 28, 2016

Moth traps have been established at 12 sites in northeast, east central, southeast and south central Nebraska to monitor flights of armyworm, black cutworm, and variegated cutworm moths.  The results are presented below and will be updated weekly through May.

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