Tag Archives: beneficial insects

Question of the Week: Syrphid Fly

Last week the question was:  What is sitting on this strawberry leaf? This is a syrphid fly, sometimes referred to as a hover fly.  This is a beneficial insect whose larvae feed on aphids.  Syrphid flies and their larvae can be … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Parasitic Wasp

Last week the question was:  Why is this tan colored aphid so much larger than the others? This aphid has been parasitized by a parasitic wasp.  These tiny wasps use their stinger, or ovipositor, to insert an egg inside the aphid’s … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Ambush Bug

Last week the question was:  What is the critter on this goldenrod? This is an ambush bug.  These beneficial insects are true bugs in the same family as assassin bugs.  They sit motionless, waiting for their prey to come by, which … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Praying Mantis

Last week the question was:  What predatory insect is hiding in this photo? There is a praying mantis hiding in this photo.  These are great predators of lots of different insect and can be found all over South Carolina.  The … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Braconid Wasp

Last week the question was:  What are the white things on this strawberry leaf? These are braconid wasp pupae.  Braconid wasps are beneficial insects that we love to see in our fields and gardens, though they are mostly so small … Continue reading

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Rapeseed Bolting

Its been a warm winter and the rapeseed is really starting to bolt.  We are probably 3 weeks earlier than we were last year.  That could be concerning if we get a hard freeze in the next few weeks. Some … Continue reading

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Question of the Week – Mantis

Last week the question was:  What is this insect? This was a pretty easy one.  Most folks are familiar with the South Carolina state insect, the Carolina Mantis.  Mantids are great predators and feed on a variety of insects.  They … Continue reading

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Oldest Cotton Blooming

We have blooms in our oldest cotton fields.  Our cotton has been growing well all season and our square retention has been excellent, but its getting a little dry now in spots and some leaves are starting to wilt.  Rain … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Ootheca

Last week the question was:  What is this? This is a praying mantis ootheca (egg case).  An ootheca can contain as many as 300 mantis eggs is made of a frothy secretion that hardens to protect the eggs.  Once the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Lady Beetle Eggs

Last week the question was:  What left this egg mass on the underside of this strawberry leaf? These are lady beetle eggs.  Lady bugs are excellent predators of aphids so this is a good thing to see in your strawberry … Continue reading

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