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Sclerodermus Latreille
Sclerodermus Latreille - Articles Articles

Sclerodermus Latreille

Michael J. Skvarla

Sclerodermus are small wasps that can become pestiferous and sting people when they attack wood-boring beetle larvae that have infested wooden structures and furniture. More
Jalysus wickhami. Photo © John Rosenfeld
Spined Stilt Bug - Articles Articles

Spined Stilt Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Spined stilt bugs are an occasional pest of greenhouse tomatoes that can cause flower and fruit abortion and unsightly feeding damage in mature fruits. More
Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) adult. Photo: Michael Skvarla, Penn State
Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania

Michael J. Skvarla, Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) (Microtheca ochroloma) is a serious pest of cruciferous crops. More
Photo: T. Baugher, Penn State
A Brief Guide to Hand Lenses - Articles Articles

A Brief Guide to Hand Lenses

Michael J. Skvarla

Arthropods, including plant pests and biocontrol agents, are often difficult to identify with the naked eye. More
Brown marmorated stink bug
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Articles Articles

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) was first collected in September of 1998 in Allentown, but probably arrived several years earlier. More
Figure 1. Lodged corn seen from a distance.
Corn rootworms Suspected of Resistance to Bt Corn Varieties Discovered - Articles Articles
Western corn rootworms that developed resistance to some Bt corn varieties may now be a problem in PA. More
Mourad Louadfel, Bugwood.org
Keep an Eye Out for Cereal Leaf Beetle - Articles Articles
Scout now for infestations of cereal leaf beetle in small grain fields. The larval stage feeds on the leaves and fields appear white if heavily infested. More
Assessing Soybean Fields for Insect Damage
Assessing Soybean Fields for Insect Damage - Articles Articles
This time of year (July) a suite of insect pest species are feeding upon soybean foliage. More
Alfalfa Weevil
Alfalfa Weevil - Articles Articles

Alfalfa Weevil

John Tooker, Ph.D.

Alfalfa weevil is one of the two most-damaging insect pests of alfalfa in Pennsylvania (the other is potato leafhopper). It is an exotic species that likely evolved in Asia, but appears to have been introduced to the U.S. at least three times. More