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. 

Green Lacewing

ENTFACT-148: 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.

Bt Corn Refuges for Corn Borer Management

ENTFACT-128: Bt Corn Refuges for Corn Borer Management  |  Download PDF

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

Ladybugs

ENTFACT-105: 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-104: Ground Beetles  |  Download PDF

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

Ground Beetle