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Popular tomato growers from Central Kentucky receive 2020 Bill Best Award on Dec. 4

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Central Kentucky growers Mark and Velvet Henkle, of Henkle’s Herbs and Heirlooms, will receive the 2020 Bill Best Award for Food and Farm Stewards from the University of Kentucky’s Food Connection at 10 a.m. Dec. 4. The award presentation will be part of a virtual First Friday on Facebook Live and YouTube. The honor is named after Bill Best, collector...

Research shows native milkweed cultivars can support monarch butterflies, bees in urban gardens

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Millions of people plant pollinator gardens to provide monarch butterflies with food along their annual migration from their overwintering sites in the highland forests of central Mexico to their summer breeding grounds in the United States and southern Canada. For the first time, University of Kentucky entomologists have studied how effectively native milkweed...

Recent studies by UK entomologists find invasive paper wasps preying on monarch butterfly larvae

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky An invasive paper wasp may be stymying the efforts of urban gardeners to rebuild monarch butterfly habitats, according to recent research by University of Kentucky entomologists. Adam Baker, UK doctoral student, and Daniel Potter, UK entomology professor, found Polistes dominula, more commonly known as the European paper wasp, preying on monarch larvae on milkweed...

UK entomologists report eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch now underway for Central Kentucky

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Central Kentucky on March 12, according to entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Jonathan Larson, entomology extension specialist, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and...

Research by University of Ky. scientists shows ways to build more effective monarch butterfly gardens

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Installing gardens with milkweed and other flowering plants is a way for the public to help conserve the monarch butterfly, but University of Kentucky scientists have found not all gardens are equal when it comes to attracting them. A new study conducted by Adam Baker, UK doctoral student, and Daniel Potter, UK entomology professor, suggests that garden layout...

University of Kentucky student compiles list of Ohio Valley region’s bee-friendly trees and shrubs

A University of Kentucky entomology student has developed a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs for the Ohio Valley region. The list can help homeowners, who have a desire to participate in bee conservation efforts, find the right plants for their yards. “This list allows the average homeowner to participate in meaningful bee conservation efforts using science-based plant recommendations,” said...