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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 say new stinging ant species could cause problems for Kentuckians

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomologists want people to be aware of a new stinging pest in the state, the Asian needle ant. Recently, Asian needle ants invaded a home in south central Kentucky and stung the homeowner. This is one of the state’s first reports of the ants coming indoors. The insect has been in Kentucky since at least 2013 and in the U.S. since the...