As promised, a monitoring network for insect pests in Illinois is under way. The purpose of the Illinois Insect Monitoring Network is to provide up-to-date information about several insect species throughout the state as the crop-growing season progresses. Extension educators, cooperators, and industry personnel have been diligently submitting weekly black cutworm counts with a promise of the development of such a Web site. Although the site currently is only partially navigable, data collected this spring are being added and soon will be available for viewing. After the site is up and running, data will be added weekly. To take a glimpse at the new Web site, please visit http://www.ipm.uiuc.edu/fieldcrops/imn/index.html.
With the black cutworm moth flight behind us, we are looking toward monitoring flights of European corn borers and corn earworms. The data we include in our Web site will be provided entirely by volunteers. If you are monitoring a pheromone or light trap, we would like to add you to our list of contacts for weekly updates. Contact me at (217)333-6652 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please remember, this site is not yet completely functional but will be soon! Bookmark it and check back for insect updates.--Kelly Cook