Beneficial Insects

Attracting Beneficial Insects

There are millions of species of insects, all trying to survive in the world.  When insects cause harm to humans or the things we care about (plants, animals, buildings, etc.), they are considered pests.  Only 1% to 3% of all insect species in the world have ever been considered pests. There are a number of […]

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Golden Garden Spider

Common Names: Black-and-yellow argiope; writing spider; golden garden spider Scientific Name: Argiope aurantia Size: Females: 0.75-1.125” (19-28 mm)Males: 0.25-0.375 “ (5-9 mm) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator.  Prey includes mosquitos, moths, flies, and other flying insects Geographic Distribution: North America The writing spider, or black and yellow argiope, is a brightly colored predator. They are […]

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Butterfly

Common Name: Butterfly Order/ Suborder: Lepidoptera/ Rhopalocera Size: 0.5-12.0” (13-305 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Complete Type of Beneficial: Pollinator Geographic Distribution: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia Butterflies are beautiful, graceful creatures and there are over 20,000 different species located in many parts of the world.  They also provide a very important […]

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Spiny Orb Weaver

Common names: Spiny orb weaver; spiny-backed orbweaver; crab-like orbweaver Scientific Name: Gasteracantha cancriformis Size: 0.06-0.38” (1.5-9.5 mm) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator; prey includes flying insects such as whiteflies, mosquitoes, and wasps Geographic Distribution: Southern United States, Central America, Cuba and Jamaica The Spiny orb weaver is one of many species of beneficial spider that […]

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Dragonfly

Common Names: Dragonfly, Mosquito hawk, Skimmer Genus/ Species: Many including Anax junius and Epitheca cynosure Size: 0.75 to 2.0 inches (19.1-50.8 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Complete metamorphosis Type of Beneficial: Insect predator; prey includes mosquitoes, flies, gnats and other flying insects Geographic Distribution: North America, Central America, Asia Dragonflies are graceful, brightly colored predatory insects […]

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Praying Mantis

Common Name: Praying mantis; Carolina mantis Genus/ Species: Stagmomantus carolina Size: 1.89 to 2.36 inches (48-60 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Immature stages are similar in appearance to the adult stage (i.e., simple metamorphosis) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator; prey includes flies, crickets, beetles, and moths Geographic Distribution: North America, Central America, and South America Similar […]

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Honey Bee

Common Name: Honey Bee Genus / Species: Apis mellifera Size: On average, from 12 to 16 millimeters (about ½ to 5/8 inch for workers. Queens and Drones are longer. Life Cycle: Queens complete development in 15 ½ days, drones in 24 days and workers in 21 days for larvae and pupae stages. Only one queen […]

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Ladybug

Common Names: Ladybug, Lady Bug, Lady Beetle, Lady Bird and Lady Bird Beetle Genus / Species: 450 native and introduced species in North America Size: 0.63/16 to 6.30/16 inch (1mm to 10mm) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator Type of Metamorphosis: Immature stages appear different from adults i.e., complete metamorphosis Beneficial Stages: Both adults and larvae […]

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Green ‘Lynx’ Spider

Common Name: Green ‘Lynx’ Spider Genus / Species: Peucetia viridans Size: Females range from ½ to 5/8 inches (12 to 22 mm) in length, averaging approximately .63 inches (16 mm); males more slender and average .47 inches (12 mm) in length. Webs: A hunting spider which does not construct a web (although it will likely […]

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