Insect of the Week

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2018 Insect of the Week posts
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2018 Insect of the Week Posts
Over the growing season, wwill be posting an "Insect of the Week" in the form of short excerpts from the new cutworm field guide or our previous Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada: Identification Field Guide (see below). The highlighted insect(s) is one that may be found in fields in the Prairie Region at the time of posting.

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Download links for Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada: Identification and Field Guide (2015) by Hugh Philip from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (~8 MB):
     - 'Regular', best for printing: EnglishFrench

     - 'Enhanced', best for viewing electronically with active internal and external hyperlinks: English-enhancedFrench-enhanced

To download the new Cutworm Pests of Crops on the Canadian Prairies, see our page, Cutworm Field Guide.

Week of July 16 - The new canola flower midge (click here)

 

Week of July 9 - Natural enemies of pea aphids (click here)

Week of July 3 - Pea aphid (click here)

Week of June 25 - Bruner grasshoppern (click here)

Week of June 18 - Red turnip beetle (click here)

Week of June 11 - Pterostichus melanarius (click here)

Week of June 4 - Wireworms (click here)

Week of May 28 - Flea beetles (click here)

Week of May 22 - Ground beetles (click here)

Week of May 14 - Darksided cutworm (click here)

Week of May 07 - Glassy cutworm (click here)


2017 Insect of the Week Posts

Week of August 21 - Brown marmorated stink bug (click here)

Week of August 14 - Bronzed blossom pollen beetle (click here)


Week of August 8 - Sugar beet root aphid (click here)


Week of July 31 - Red clover casebearer moth (click here)


Week of July 24 - BONUS - Wheat stem maggot (click here)


Week of July 24 - Soybean aphid (click here)


Week of July 17 - Tetrastichus juli (click here)


Week of July 10 - Cereal Leaf Beetle (click here)


Week of July 4 - Aphidius Parasitoid Wasp (click here)


Week of June 26 - Cereal Aphids (click here)


Week of June 19 - Macroglenes penetrans (click here)


Week of June 12 - Wheat Midge (click here)


Week of June 5 - Rove Beetle (click here)


Week of May 29 - Pea Leaf Weevil (click here)

Week of May 23 - Dingy Cutworm (click here)

Week of May 15 - Army Cutworm (click here)

Week of May 8 - Redbacked Cutworm (click here)

Week of May 1 - Pale Western Cutworm (click here)

Week of August 29 - Predatory Mites (click here)

Week of August 15 - Assassin Bug (click here)



Week of August 8 - Agricultural practices that promote crop pest suppression by natural predators (For English click here, for French click here)

Week of August 2 - Ladybird beetle (click here)

Week of July 26 - Cabbage seedpod weevil parasitoids: Braconidae and Pteromalidae (click here and here)

Week of July 18 - Aphidiidae (click here)

Week of July 11 - Crab spiders (click here)

Week of July 6 - Ichneumonids and Tachinids (click here and here)

Week of June 27 - Rove Beetle (predator) (click here)



Week of June 20 - Cotesia marginiventris (parasitoid) (click here)

Week of June 13 - Tetrasticus julis  (cereal leaf beetle parasitoid) (click here)

Week of June 6 - Blister beetle (predator and pest) (click here)

Week of May 30 - Ground beetle (predator) (click here)


2015 Insect of the Week Posts 


Week of August 31 - Aphidius wasp (beneficial-aphid parasitoid) (click here)

Week of August 24 - Corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)) (click here)

Week of August 17 - Syrphid (hoverfly) flies [beneficial-predator] (click here)

Week of August 10 - Beet webworm (Loxostege sticticalis (Linnaeus)) (click here)

Week of August 3 - Red turnip beetle (Entomoscelis americana Brown) (click here)
Week of July 27 - Alfalfa looper (click here)
Week of July 20 - Bertha armyworm (click here)

Week of July 13 - Aphids (click here) and Ladybird beetles (click here)

Week of July 6 - Blister beetles (Lytta nuttalli Say and Epicauta spp.) click here

Week of June 29 - Grasshoppers (Packard, clearwinged, migratory, two-striped) click here

Week of June 22 - Cabbage seedpod weevil (Ceutorhynchus obstrictus (Marsham)) click here
Week of June 15 - Lygus bugs (Lygus spp.) click here

Week of June 8 - Swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii (Keiffer)) click here

Week of June 1 - Pea leaf weevil (Sitona lineatus Linnaeus) click here

Week of May 25 - Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus)) click here

Week of May 18 - Leafhoppers, aster (Macrosteles quadrilineatus) and potato (Empoasca fabae) click here
Week of May 11 - Fleabeetles, crucifer (Phyllotreta cruciferae) and striped (P. striolata) click here Week of May 4 - Cutworms click here