Creating habitat for beneficial insects: We planted it. Did they come?

Hopefully you’ve been following along with a project I’m working on with Betsy Lamb and Brian Eshenaur to establish (and document the impacts of) habitat for natural enemies of pests and pollinators (collectively, beneficial insects). In December, I wrote about how the plants were growing, and in February I wrote about the time and money … Continue reading Creating habitat for beneficial insects: We planted it. Did they come?

Choosing plants for Beneficial Habitat At Home

Recall from this post that I’m creating habitat for beneficial arthropods (including insects, spiders, predatory mites, etc.) around my house this spring. Because more of us may be doing this while we’re staying home to keep each other safe, I’m sharing my experiences here (as well as on Twitter and Instagram). The previous post covered … Continue reading Choosing plants for Beneficial Habitat At Home

Creating habitat for beneficial insects: Time, money, and weeds

In December, I updated you on how perennial wildflowers and grasses were establishing in our beneficial insect habitat plots during the 2019 growing season. As I wrote that post, I quickly realized that there was too much good information for just one post. So here’s the rest of the story when it comes to plant … Continue reading Creating habitat for beneficial insects: Time, money, and weeds

Creating habitat for beneficial insects: How are things growing?

Obviously, nothing is growing right now, but I thought this would be a good time to update you on the success of our beneficial insect habitat plots during the 2019 growing season. When things bloomed Recall that the goal is to have at least one plant blooming all season long. We choose wildflower species accordingly, … Continue reading Creating habitat for beneficial insects: How are things growing?

Come visit our beneficial insect habitat plots!

You’ve read about all the different methods we are testing for establishing native wildflowers and grasses as habitat for pollinators and natural enemies of pests. You know we learned a lot in our first season. You know we’ve been using several different techniques to collect insects in these plots. And you saw a pictorial summary … Continue reading Come visit our beneficial insect habitat plots!

Creating habitat for beneficial insects: Starting Year 2

Last year I introduced you to the research field at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY where Dr. Betsy Lamb, Brian Eshenaur and I are studying and demonstrating Christmas tree IPM. One part of this project is using perennial wildflowers to attract natural enemies of pests as part of an IPM strategy. The wildflowers (and some … Continue reading Creating habitat for beneficial insects: Starting Year 2

Creating habitat for beneficial insects: Project update at the end of the first year

Fair warning, this is going to be a longer post. But partly that’s because there are so many pictures. I will start with the overview, then go a bit deeper into the weeds (literally and figuratively). To help you navigate more quickly, here’s a sort of table of contents that will quickly take you to … Continue reading Creating habitat for beneficial insects: Project update at the end of the first year

Creating habitat for beneficial insects – early summer 2018 project update

As I mentioned in my January post, I am excited to be working with two NYS IPM colleagues (Dr. Betsy Lamb and Brian Eshenaur) to demonstrate the costs, labor, and effectiveness of different methods for establishing habitat plants for pollinators and other beneficial insects. Remember, habitat for pollinators is also habitat for insects and mites … Continue reading Creating habitat for beneficial insects – early summer 2018 project update

Conservation biocontrol in the time of COVID-19

Thanks to everyone who’s been following the project I’ve been working on with Betsy Lamb and Brian Eshenaur to establish (and document the impacts of) habitat for natural enemies of pests and pollinators (collectively, beneficial insects) around a research planting of Christmas trees! For many people, life does not look the same as it did … Continue reading Conservation biocontrol in the time of COVID-19

A summer of biocontrol…in pictures

Labor Day weekend may be viewed by some as the end of summer, but farmers know that the summer growing (and harvesting!) season is far from over. Similarly, the field projects I’m involved with this summer (read more here and here) are still running. Over the fall and winter I’ll be analyzing data and sharing … Continue reading A summer of biocontrol…in pictures