Tag Archives: predators

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: Green Lynx Spider

Last week the question was:  What kind of spider is this? This is a green lynx spider.  These spiders are common predators in our fields.   Green lynx spiders do not construct a web.  Instead, they are jumping spiders which … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Assassin Bug

Last week the question was:  What insect laid these eggs on this wheat head? These are the eggs of an assassin bug (F: Reduviidae).  There are lots of species of assassin bugs and they are excellent predators.  They have piercing/sucking mouthparts … 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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