After a hard winter, many field crop entomologists expected insect populations to be somewhat suppressed during the 2001 growing season. However, as the year unfolded, a number of insects defied this prediction and developed unusually high populations that made their presence known across the state. Examples included false chinch bugs, burrower bugs, southern corn leaf beetles, adult alfalfa weevils, soybean stem borers, beet armyworms, bilobed loopers, various webworms, white-lined sphinx larvae, and spider mites. Some species caused economic damage, others were simply noteworthy because of their abundance and occurrence on plants not normally viewed as typical hosts. This poster reviews some of the most striking arthropod examples encountered throughout Kansas during the past year.
Keywords: populations, abundance
The ESA 2001 Annual Meeting - 2001: An Entomological Odyssey of ESA