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Garden Insects

Common Garden Friends:
  • Ladybugs - They feed on aphids or scale insects, which are pests in gardens, agricultural fields, orchards, and similar places.
  • Minute Pirate Bug - Adults are 2-5 mm long and feed mostly on spider mites, thrips, and their eggs, but will also feed on pollen and vascular sap.
  • Big Eyed-Bug - Considered an important predator in many agricultural systems and feed on mites, insect eggs, and small insects such as pink bollworm, cabbage loopers and whiteflies.
  • Assassin Bug - They are appropriately named because of their habit of lying in ambush for their insect prey.
  • Damsel Bug - Considered helpful species in agriculture because of their predation on many types of crop pests, such as cabbage worms, aphids, and lygus bugs.
  • Soldier Beetle - The larvae consume grasshopper eggs, aphids, caterpillars and other soft bodied insects, most of which are pests while the adults are especially important predators of aphids.
  • Green Lacewing - They feed on pollen, nectar and honeydew supplemented with mites, aphids and other small arthropods.
  • Syrphid Fly - The larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.
  • Tachinid Fly - The larvae are endoparasites (internal parasites) of caterpillars of butterflies and moths, or the eruciform larvae of sawflies, but some species attack adult beetles and some attack beetle larvae. Others attack various types of true bugs, and others attack grasshoppers; a few even attack centipedes.
  • Trichogramma Wasp - The wasps are currently used to control at least 28 species of insect pest, including the cotton bollworm, codling moth, and European corn borer. Female wasps inject their own eggs into the egg of the pest, and her larvae consume the embryo and other contents of the egg.