News from the Ag Insects Team

  1. Student Spotlight - *Kylie Harbert*

    Jul 13, 2023

    Kylie Harbert is one of three Tilmon Lab 2023 undergraduate Student Assistants this summer. Kylie is currently a junior at Otterbein University (Westerville, OH), where she is a quadruple major studying Zoo and Conservation Science, Biology, Music Education, and Saxophone Performance!


  2. Asiatic Garden Beetle Feeding Preference Article Published

    Jun 23, 2023

    An article titled "Preliminary Feeding Assessments for Asiatic Garden Beetle, Maladera formosae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), Grubs and Adults" was recently published in The Great Lakes Entomologist Journal and authored by Adrian Pekarcik, Matthew Lorentz, C. Scott Clem, Amy Raudenbush, David Held, Kelley Tilmon.

  3. Asiatic Garden Beetle Sampling Methods Paper Published

    May 23, 2023

    Congratulations to Tilmon Lab members for their recent publication featuring the Asiatic garden beetle (AGB) grub. "Active and passive sampling methods for grubs of the Asiatic garden beetle, Maladera formosae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in a corn-soybean rotation" was published in the March 2023 issue of Crop Protection. This research was led by Dr. Adrian Pekarcik during his time in the Tilmon Lab.

  4. Asiatic Garden Beetle Grub Sampling Methods Paper Published in Crop Protection

    Dec 13, 2022

    Tilmon Lab research on the 'Active and passive sampling methods for grubs of the Asiatic garden beetle, Maladera formosae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in a corn-soybean rotation' was recently accepted and published in the journal, Crop Protection. This research was led by former Tilmon Lab Ph.D student, Dr. Adrian Pekarcik and included co-authors Amy Raudenbush, Eric Richer and Kelley Tilmon. The article focuses on AGB grub sampling in corn fields in northwest Ohio. The paper evaluates multiple sampling methods that growers/researchers could use to monitor for AGB grubs.

  5. Kyle takes 1st place for talk at ESA and awarded the Root Agricultural Award!

    Dec 7, 2022

    Congratulations to Kyle Akred, Tilmon Lab MS student, for taking 1st Place at the 2022 Entomological Society of America Student Oral Presentation Competition: Grad P-IE: IPM-Field Crops 2 section! Kyle's talk, titled "Determining the relationship between Asiatic garden beetle (AGB) grub density and damage to field corn" summarized his MS research in the greenhouse, microplots and field settings.

  6. Asiatic Garden Beetle Scouting Video

    Aug 5, 2022

    A new video featuring Dr. Adrian Pekarcik was recently added to the Ohio State IPM You Tube page. In this video, Dr. Pekarcik addresses how to identify the Asiatic garden beetle (AGB) grubs, how to identifiy problematic areas in a field, scouting tips and management options. 

  7. Pekarcik receives 2021-2022 Graduate Associate Leadership Award!

    Apr 18, 2022

    Congratulations to Adrian Pekarcik for receiving the Graduate Associate Leadership Award (GALA)! The GALA is Ohio State University's recognition of exceptional leadership provided by graduate students (on and off campus) while attending OSU. By definition leadership is, "leading others through passion and vision, produced by conviction. Having strong communication and listening skills. Assuring that team members have the skills and abilities to do their jobs and rise to their full potential. Giving feedback, coaching and training.

  8. Raudenbush Receives Distinguished Early Career Extension Professional Award!

    Mar 25, 2022

    We are excited to announce that Amy Raudenbush has received the Distinguished Early Career Extension Professional Award. Amy began her role as a Research Associate working with Kelley Tilmon in the Agronomic Crops lab in the Department of Entomology in 2016. Since starting her role, Amy has authored, designed, and produced numerous extension deliverables distributed throughout Ohio and other universities in the North Central region.

  9. Tilmon Lab is Hiring!

    Mar 23, 2022

    **UPDATE: the 2022 Student Assistant Positions in the Tilmon Lab have been filled. Please check back later for new position postings and more updates**


    The Tilmon Lab is looking to hire two Student Assistants to help with summer field work. No previous entomology experience? No problem! We will train you with everything you need to know.

    The qualified Student Assistant will collaborate on various research projects in the Agronomic Crop Entomology Lab, located in Wooster, Ohio. Candidate will:

  10. AGB Summit

    Mar 1, 2022

    The annual Asiatic Garden Beetle Summit was hosted virtually on Monday February 28th via Zoom. The meeting was organized by Tilmon Lab Ph.D. Candidate, Adrian Pekarcik. Adrian presented on a number of topics including AGB history, sampling methods, biology. In addition, Dr. Elizabeth Long (Purdue), presented updates on AGB in mint and Amy Raudenbush (OSU) presented results from semi-field bioassays. Lastly Joe Bruce from AMVAC Corporation joined in to explain the latest spray technology offered for growers.