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Natural Enemies in the inter row

There's a miryid of creatures in the inter row that are either predators of other insects or are food for those insects. Below are some of the predators and parasitoids that are quick to inhabit the inter row if given a chance:

  • Spiders
  • Predatory mites
  • Lacewings
  • Hover flies
  • Predatory Beetles
  • Assassin bugs
  • Predaceous thrips
  • Various Parasitoids

For lots more info on common "Good Bugs" found in crops and gardens Go to: "Other Good Bugs" pages.

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Assassin bug creeping up on sigastus weevils

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Spiders are very important predators - here a flower spider attacking a BSB nymph. The more insects the more spiders.

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Hover fly adults are often seen hovering around flowers and pollens sources. Their larvae of hover flies feed on small insects like mites and aphids.

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Lacewing aduls feed on nectar and pollen. Larvae of lacewings feed on mites, moth eggs, lacebug etc

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This FSB has been caught in a spider web between two trees.