Starting An Observation Hive of Honey Bees

ENTFACT-700: Starting An Observation Hive of Honey Bees  |  Download PDF

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

Certainly the best method to learn about honey bees is through the use of a glass observation hive. It is equipped with glass on both sides so that the queen and all activities of the bees may be observed at all times. 

Soldier Beetles

ENTFACT-707: Soldier Beetles  |  Download PDF

by Stephanie Bailey, Extension Specialist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture 

Soldier beetles are very common insects that resemble lightning bugs but do not have light-producing organs. They also may be confused with blister beetles which can be serious pests in forage crops and vegetables. But blister beetles have a square-shaped head and a very visible "neck" due to the narrow thorax relative to the head and abdomen. 

Velvet Ants

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The Wheel Bug

ENTFACT-705: The Wheel Bug  |  Download PDF

Praying Mantids

ENTFACT-703: Praying Mantids  |  Download PDF

by Gary Watkins, Student, and Ric Bessin, Extension Specialist 
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. 

Green Lacewing

ENTFACT-708: Green Lacewing  |  Download PDF

by Ric Bessin, Extension Specialist
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.

Ladybugs

ENTFACT-702: Ladybugs  |  Download PDF

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

Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a very beneficial group. They are natural enemies of many insects, especially aphids and other sap feeders. A single lady beetle may eat as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Many species of lady beetles are present in Kentucky and they are common in most habitats.

Ground Beetles

ENTFACT-706: Ground Beetles  |  Download PDF