Tag Archives: predatory 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: 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: 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: Syrphid Fly

Last week the question was:  What is happening at the base of this wheat leaf? There is a syrphid fly larva feeding on another fly.  Syrphid fly larvae are excellent predators, normally of aphids, and we like to see them … 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: Syrphid Fly

Last week the question was:  What is this worm-like critter? This is a syrphid fly or hover fly larva.  They are great predators of aphids as larvae and as adults they feed on pollen and nectar and can be good … 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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Question of the Week

Last week the question was:  What are these? These are the eggs of the spined soldier bug.  These were found on the leaf of a soybean plant this past summer.  This is a magnified view.  Spined soldier bugs are predatory insects in … Continue reading

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