Alfalfa Leafcutting Bees Like Nests That Face North, Study Shows
An experiment with four-sided nest boxes for alfalfa leafcutting bees showed small variations in environmental conditions from one nest-cavity location to another make a big difference in the bees' nesting preferences and number of offspring.
Clover Root Curculio: Historic Perspectives Guide Modern Management
Understudied and less well-known than other pests, the clover root curculio damages clover and alfalfa crops across North America. A new profile of the pest and options for managing it is published this month in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management.
Get to Know the Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper, a (Maybe) Serious Crop Pest
In fields of alfalfa, soybean, and peanut in the southern United States, a small, green, teardrop-shaped insect is a common sight. But despite its observed propensity for gouging scars in […]
National Pollinator Week is about More than Just Honey Bees
June 20-26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week, and it’s a busy time of the year for bee scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) — and not just for the […]