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Title: Beneficial Insects


1
Beneficial Insects
  • Commonly Found in the Garden and Landscape

2
Assassin Bugs
Assassin bugs prey on aphids, caterpillars,
beetles, leafhoppers,and other insects. They do
not like to be handled.
3
Big-eyed Bugs
These small insects with big eyes attack spider
mites, thrips, aphids and other insect eggs.
4
Damsel Bugs
Damsel bugs resemble assassin bugs. They feed on
aphids, leafhoppers, mites and caterpillars.
5
Green Lacewings
larva
adult
Green or brown, the lacewing, or aphid lion, is
known to eat as many as 600 aphids.
6
Ground Beetles
These beetles are large, dark, and sometimes
metallic. They feed along the ground on
soft-bodied insects, especially at night.
7
Lady Beetles
adult
larva
Lady beetle adults and larvae attack aphids,
mites, insect eggs and small insects.
8
Tiny Parasitic Wasps
Micro- and mini-wasps can sting and lay eggs in
caterpillars, aphids or insect eggs. The larvae
consume their prey from within.
9
Praying Mantids
Mantids have a good reputation, but eat
relatively few insects in the garden.
10
Predaceous Stink Bugs
Many stink bugs are pests, but predaceous stink
bugs feed on beetles and caterpillars both as
adults and colorful nymphs.
11
Predatory Mites
Predatory mites move rapidly to catch and feed on
their plant-eating counterparts. They are often
white, tan, or orange.
12
Soldier Beetles
Adults resemble fireflies and are attracted to
milkweed,hydrangea, and goldenrod. They eat
aphids, caterpillars, mites, grasshopper eggs,
and small beetles.
13
Syrphid Flies
larva
adult
The harmless adults resemble bees, but the small
larvae consume many aphids.
14
Minute Pirate Bug
larva
These bugs attack thrips, spider mites, aphids
and small insects.
15
Tachinid Flies
Heavily bristled tachinid flies lay eggs
on caterpillars, beetle larvae, and bugs.
16
Wasps Hornets
Though often considered pests, these insects
feed heavily on caterpillars, flies and other
soft-bodied insects.
17
Stephen B. Bambara Extension Entomologist
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