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.
Two other predators, the minute pirate bug
(Orius tristicolor) and the western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis), were also more plentiful.
Minute pirate bug
. Less than a quarter-inch long, this compact predator controls corn earworms early in the worms' life cycle.
Orius tristicolor (White) minute pirate bug
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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.
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.
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).
With the exception of the occasional jumping spider (Salticidae), and an unidentified pirate bug
, not many predators were observed during this study.
That's why ARS scientists are searching for artificial diets that will satisfy the palates of beneficial insects, such as the spined soldier bug, the two-spotted stink bug, the big-eyed bug, and the minute pirate bug