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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…

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…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Dragonfly

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

Aliases: skimmer, darner, clubtail Wanted for: Preying on unsuspecting flying insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and midges.

Family History: A deadly predator…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden

…ng move the chemicals to storm drains and surface waters. For information on pesticide alternatives, go to www.aces.edu/blog/topics/ landscaping/garden-bugs-making-your-garden- vegetables-less-susceptible-to-insect-damage/.

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Scouting Techniques for Soil Insect Pests of Peanuts: Wireworms

*This is an excerpt from Scouting Techniques for Soil Insect Pests of Peanuts, ANR-1364

Wireworms have become the major insect pest of peanuts under certain cropping conditions. Several species of wireworms occur in peanut fields, so an…