Plant-Insect Interactions

Kelly Loftin

Dr. Kelly Loftin's focus is on medically important arthropods, veterinary entomology, forage pests and imported fire ant management.

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Imported Fire Ant MoundSouthern Buffalo GnatDr. Kelly LoftinFall Army WormLone Star Tick - A. americanumTrap for Horn Flies

Imported Fire Ant Mound

Imported Fire Ants are identified by their painful sting, which produces a small pustule (white bump) on the victim within 8 to 24 hours.

Southern Buffalo Gnat

An outbreak of buffalo gnats can lead to livestock loss.

Dr. Kelly Loftin

Dr. Kelly Loftin conducting testing in the field.

Fall Army Worm

Disappearing lawns, pastures and hay meadows are the calling card of grass-hungry fall armyworms.

Lone Star Tick - A. americanum

the Lone Star Tick carries two types of Ehrilichia, Tularemia, Rickettsia amblyommii (similar to but not the same as Rocky Mountain spotted fever), and Coxiella burnetti, which causes Q fever. All illnesses to be avoided.

Trap for Horn Flies

A cow walks through a trap for horn flies. Horn flies are a major pest threat to cattle causing blood loss and annoyance that changes behavior reducing energy. This small fly (approx. 1/8 inch long) is about half the size of a house fly.