Tag Archives: Entomology

Question of the Week: Stink Bug Nymphs

Last week the question was:  What just hatched on this soybean leaf? These are stink bug nymphs that hatched from the barrel shaped eggs to their right.  Stink bugs can be a serious pest in a number of our crops … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Silver-Spotted Skipper

Last week the question was:  What is this insect? This is a silver-spotted skipper.  Their caterpillars feed on members of the legume family.  We occasionally find them in soybean fields, though they are not a significant pest.  The adults can … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Mayflies

Last week the question was:  What are the bugs all over the side of this dock? These are mayflies.  Mayflies spend the majority of their lives in the water as nymphs feeding on algae and organic matter.  After 1-2 years … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Braconid Wasp

Last week the question was:  What are the white things on this strawberry leaf? These are braconid wasp pupae.  Braconid wasps are beneficial insects that we love to see in our fields and gardens, though they are mostly so small … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Assassin Bug

Last week the question was:  What insect laid these eggs on this wheat head? These are the eggs of an assassin bug (F: Reduviidae).  There are lots of species of assassin bugs and they are excellent predators.  They have piercing/sucking mouthparts … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Mayfly

Last week the question was:  What is this insect on this rapeseed flower? This is a mayfly.  Mayflies are extremely old insects whose origins date back to approximately 300 million years ago.  Juvenile mayflies are aquatic but leave the water when they … Continue reading

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