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About Ben McGraw, Ph.D.

Ben McGraw, Ph.D., is an associate professor of turfgrass entomology at The Pennsylvania State University. He can be reached at

Posts by Ben McGraw, Ph.D.

A new pest in the desert Southwest Posted on 11 Mar 2020 in the Current Issue & Research categories.

As if growing turf in the Mojave Desert (the area surrounding southeastern California, southern Nevada, southwest Utah and northwest Arizona) isn’t difficult enough, turfgrass managers in the region may be Read more»

Mowing down weevils Posted on 07 Mar 2019 in the Featured & Research categories.

Many turfgrass managers in northeastern North America would rather forget the 2018 growing season. Record-breaking rainfall throughout the region affected most aspects of turfgrass management, including insect pest control. The Read more»

Sniffing out ABWs: Using pooches to find a pest Posted on 18 Feb 2016 in the Research categories.

Over the span of nearly half a century, the annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) or “Hyerodes weevil” (Listronotus maculicollis), has become the most important insect pest of golf course turfgrass in Read more»

Scent-detecting canines help sniff out annual bluegrass weevil Posted on 13 Nov 2015 in the Maintenance categories.

The annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) is the most destructive insect pest of golf course turf in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States and eastern Canadian provinces. The insect is believed Read more»

Don’t fall behind in annual bluegrass weevil management Posted on 18 Feb 2015 in the Research categories.

The annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) or “Hyperodes weevil” (Listronotus maculicollis, formerly Hyperodes maculicollis) is a severe problem on many golf courses in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States and eastern Read more»