Beneficial INTERACTIVE ! Jul 13, 2006 7:29:58 GMT -6
Post by Pharmer Phil on Jul 13, 2006 7:29:58 GMT -6
This should be Phun
Below is a list of beneficial insects.
Now, what I would hope for, is everyone try to phind a pic of each one!
Ideally, taken in your garden, while observing your lil friends at work; however, web piccys will be accepted!
This is an EXCELLENT way phor us all to learn a bit more about our garden Allies
- Assassin bug - Reduviidaye - The assassin bug feeds mainly
on aphids, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, Japanese beetles,
leafhoppers, and Mexican bean beetles.
- Damsel bug - Nabidae - The damsel bug feeds on aphids,
leafhoppers, mites, and caterpillars.
- Big-eyed bug - Lygaeidae - Big-eyed bugs feed on aphids,
caterpillar eggs and larvae, immature bugs, leafhoppers, and spider
- Predacious stink bug - Pentatomidae - Predacious stink bugs
feed on Colorado potato beetles and various caterpillar larvae.
- Syrphid fly larvae - Syrphidae - Fly larvae of this species feed
on aphids and mealybugs.
- Lady beetle - Hippodamia convergens - The lady beetle feeds
mainly on aphids and other soft-bodied insects, such as mealybugs and
- Green lacewing larvae - Chrysopa camea - Lacewing larvae,
known as aphid lions, feed on insect eggs, aphids, spider mites, thrips,
leafhopper nymphs, and small caterpillar larvae. Adult lacewings are
- Predatory mites - Phytoseiulus persimilus and several other
species feed on many mite pests, including the two-spotted spider
- Trichogramma wasp - Trichogrammatidae - This tiny wasp
attacks eggs of more than 200 pest species, including cutworms, corn
borers, corn earworms, armyworms, codling moths, and cabbage
moths. Release time is critical for their effectiveness since they only
attack pest eggs.
- Encarsia wasp - Encyrtidae - The greenhouse whitefly is
parasitized by this wasp in third and fourth larval instars when Encarsia
lay their eggs inside the whitefly scale.