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Issue No. 2, Article 2/April 1, 2004

Continuing Information About Moth Captures

Because Mike Gray, Kelly Cook, and I will have been at the annual meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America through Wednesday, March 31, which was the due date for articles for the Bulletin, we could not present the most current information about moth captures here. However, as I have mentioned many, many times before, Ron Hines, senior research specialist at the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, monitors several traps for moths during the growing season. To obtain the most current information, refer to "The Hines Report" on the IPM Web site. The moth captures may be interesting during the week of March 29, given the extensive storm front that passed through during the weekend of March 27.

During the week of March 15, Ron informed me, he captured one armyworm moth in a trap in Massac County on March 16. He also has captured a few more black cutworms since the time of his last report. As of March 26, six black cutworm moths had been caught in each trap at the Jefferson County and St. Clair County locations. The traps at these locations are monitored by Ron Krausz (St. Clair County site, Southern Illinois University Belleville Research Center), Ed Billingsley (Jefferson County site, Rend Lake College), and Alan Mosler (Southern FS). Ron Hines also communicates with a specialist in Princeton, Kentucky, who monitors moth traps in the spring. Two armyworm moths have been captured at that site thus far--one on March 18 and one on March 23--and they captured one black cutworm moth on March 18.

In the near future, we will add a slide set that Ron Hines has developed to help identify moths. The nice thing about Ron's slides is that the insects in the photographs are not pretty--they look exactly as they would if you pulled them off a sticky trap or out of a bucket. Other identification aids usually show moths that have been beautifully pinned, with their wings spread. These specimens make for nice photos, but they often don't resemble the beat-up insects you find in traps. I will make you aware when Ron's identification aid is available.

I second the request for submitting information made by Kelly Cook in her article "Insect Monitoring Network" in issue no. 1 of the Bulletin. The information you submit can be used by many others who rely on the Bulletin for the most current information about the development of insect pests. If you are monitoring traps for any insects, we invite you to send us your information at your convenience. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.--Kevin Steffey

Kevin Steffey

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