Tag Archives: predatory insects

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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