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*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 aphids, whiteflies, scales, and other pests.
Family History: These tiny, notorious wasps lay their eggs on or inside of pests or insect eggs and the larvae eat the pest. Can be tracked by the tell-tale signs they leave behind, such as tiny, white cocoons on caterpillars or aphid mummies—the tan, dried up husks of aphids stuck to a leaf.
Sightings: Suspected of foraging for nectar on tiny flowers such as alyssum, yarrow, tansy, and clover.
Controlling weeds in the home lawn is not simple, automatic, or easy. Each home lawn is unique because of the differences in lawn grasses, soil types, ornamental plants, and weed problems. Different levels of management will be used in maintaining the lawn. All of these factors must be considered when attempting to control weeds. Consider an integrated plan for controlling pests.
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