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Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Cockscomb

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Celosia cristata
This flower is an annual, nonnative, herbaceous plant. Blooms with a compacted crested head 2 to 5 inches across on leafy stems that are 12 …

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Purple Coneflower

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Echinacea purpurea
A popular, native perennial with smooth 2- to 5-foot stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and ha…

Barn Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Most commonly associated with barns and other structures built by humans, barn owls hunt for small mammals over agricultural fields, marshes, and other grassy habita…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Yard: Flowers for Beneficial Insects

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Most beneficial insects need to supplement their diets with pollen and nectar. You can attract them to your garden and encourage them to stay and hunt for pests by…

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American Kestrel

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Though found year round throughout most of the contiguous United States, the American kestrel is listed as a species of high conservation concern in Alabama. With ru…

Basics of Saltwater Shrimp Farming

Pond-raised saltwater shrimp account for 25 to 30 percent of world shrimp production. Most pond production comes from countries near the equator where a long grow­ing season allows for more than one crop of shrimp to be grown in a year.

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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Lady Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: ladybug, ladybird beetle
Wanted For: Gorging on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, scales, thrips, mealybugs, and spider mites.
Family History: Adults …

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Tachinid Fly

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: feather-legged fly
Wanted For: Attacking unsuspecting caterpillars and beetles.
Family History: Disguised as a hairy housefly, this parasitic insect lay…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Spider

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.

Aliases: orb weaver, crab spider, wolf spider
Wanted For: Trapping and bugnapping a variety of insect pests.
Family History: The most deadly natural enemy of p…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Parasitic Wasp

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: fairy fly, chalcid
Wanted For: Parasitizing the eggs and larvae of cutworms, cabbage loopers, codling moths, tomato hornworms, as well as all stages of a…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Ground Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: fiery hunter, snail eater, carabid
Wanted For: Conspiring to eat many soil-dwelling pests such as slugs, snails, cutworms, and root maggots.
Family Hist…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Syrphid Fly

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: hover fly, flower fly
Wanted For: Hunting down aphids, mealybugs, and other pests, and for pollinating plants.
Family History: Adults are known to be im…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Bee

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: honeybee, bumblebee, digger bee
Wanted For: Pollinating the flowers of many ornamental, fruit, and vegetable plants.
Family History: Specially equipped …

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Soldier Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: leatherwing, cantharid
Wanted For: Attacking and feeding on aphids and other soft-bodied insects.
Family History: Adults feed on pollen and insect pests…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Green Lacewing

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: aphid lion, walking trash pile.
Wanted For: Aggressively devouring aphids, thrips, mealybugs, scales, spider mites, leafhoppers, and insect eggs.
Family…