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Mystery Picture #48

Mystery Picture #48

R. Bessin,
University of Kentucky
Entomology
R. Bessin,
University of Kentucky
Entomology
(Mystery Pictures)(Mystery Pictures)
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Usually nesting in the ground, Bumble Bees will find an old deserted burrow and move in. They are important pollinators who feed on pollen and nectar. Their warning colors tell us to watch out for a painful sting.


Expert

You may have seen the Indian Meal Moth where you keep your flour or corn meal or even your bird seed. Having an infestation of these moths can be a real problem. The larval stage feeds on cereals, dried fruit, meal and nuts. Signs of their presence will be some webbing and clumping found over these materials.

Indian meal moths are one of a group of what are called "stored product pests". To read more about these insects, see EntFact 612--Stored Product Pests in the Pantry. For a way to destroy these pests without using pesticides, see EntFact 635 -- Controlling Stored Products Pests Using Low Temperature.


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