Cicada Killer Wasps

ENTFACT-004: Cicada Killer Wasps  |  Download PDF

by Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist 
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

Mild mannered female cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky during the summer, intent on their tasks of 1) digging underground burrows and 2) provisioning them with paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae. The wasps will be very focused on these tasks for several weeks. 

Whiteflies in the Greenhouse

ENTFACT-456: Whiteflies in the Greenhouse  |  Download PDF

by Jen White, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

Whitefly

The Wheel Bug

ENTFACT-426: The Wheel Bug  |  Download PDF

by Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

Wheel Bug Adult

Praying Mantids

ENTFACT-418: Praying Mantids  |  Download PDF

by Gary Watkins and Ric Bessin, University of Kentucky Entomology 
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Although many refer to a member of this group as a ‘praying mantis,' mantis refers to the genus Mantis. Only some praying mantids belong to the genus Mantis. Mantid refers to the entire group. 

Yard Wasps

ENTFACT-411: Yard Wasps  |  Download PDF

Green Lacewing

ENTFACT-148: Green Lacewing  |  Download PDF

by Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Green lacewings are an often under-appreciated group of beneficial insects. As with lady beetles, these natural enemies are important predators of many types of soft bodied insects and insect eggs. These insects are common in the spring summer and fall and their contribution to insect control is immense.