About 1 minute pirate bug
for every 180 thrips is sufficient for suppression of the populations of thrips, and at a ratio of about 1 predator to 40 thrips, thrips populations are controlled (Funderburk et al.
Though the warehouse pirate bug
may be able to mate normally (inserting the penis into the female's reproductive tract), they seem to have ditched this for the traumatic type of mating, Cameron said.
Ladybugs (more than 3,000 species feed on aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs), spined soldier bug (eats Colorado potato beetle and Mexican bean beetle), Minute pirate bug
, lacewings, dragonflies, ground beetles, rove beetles and a host of other beneficial species are natural control agents.
To control the virus on peppers, UF researchers are recommending the use of a naturally occurring predator called the minute pirate bug
that attacks thrips.
And the pirate bug
or orius eats thrips, aphids, spider mites and moth eggs.
Two other predators, the minute pirate bug
(Orius tristicolor) and the western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis), were also more plentiful.
Adults range in size from the minute pirate bug
(one-sixteenth-inch long) to the wheel bug (an assassin bug that's 1 1/2 inches long).
Minute pirate bug
nymphs also may be observed feeding on Willamette or Pacific mites.
The monoclonal antibodies used to develop the ELISAs came from the yolk proteins vitellin and vitellogenin of the spined soldier bug, Podisus maculiventris, and the minute pirate bug
, Orius insidiosus.
The park actually has several insects that eat the psyllids, including the minute pirate bug
, the green lacewing and the syrphid fly.
Others, like the larger pirate bug
(Lyctocoris campestris), are predators, which show up in a variety of grains and eat an assortment of pests, Phillips explains.
With the exception of the occasional jumping spider (Salticidae), and an unidentified pirate bug
, not many predators were observed during this study.