Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bug of the Week

Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., a Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland in College Park, just south of us, maintains a webpage called “Bug of the Week”. Each entry has pictures, and usually video, as well as further links to other sites for more information.

This week’s entry, What goes in must come out, discusses those two overwintering insects that we get lots of questions about, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, and the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis.

You can access an index of archived entries at the site by clicking on the Bug of the Week button on the left once you go there, and then selecting "Previous Entries."

Dr. Raupp, along with his colleague Dr. Paula M. Shrewsbury, did the research that was the source of George Weigel’s quote to us at last year’s Master Gardener banquet, that:
“More than half of landscape damage is done by a mere three pests -- lacebugs, mites and scales, and since those bugs have fairly specific targets, it's really only about a dozen plants that end up accounting for about three-quarters of the bug damage in a typical landscape.”
I added a link to Bug of the Week in the Links to Other Sites section to the right.

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