Beneficial Insects

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George W. Thomas, Extension Entomologist
College of Agriculture, Clemson University

This publication features 9 full-colored photos of beneficial insects, including lady beetles, lacewing, ground beetle, assassin bug, ant lion, syrphid fly larva, tobacco hornworm, predaceous stinkbug, and praying mantid.

The text provides information on each insect, including physical description, reproduction, and types of insect pests each feeds upon in the field. The summary gives tips on releasing these insects for effective biological control of insect pests.


  • Ambush bugs
  • Ants
  • Ant lion
  • Aphids
  • Aphis-lion
  • Armyworm
  • Blood suckers
  • Caterpillar
  • Cutworm
  • Damsel bug
  • Doodle bug
  • Flower bugs
  • Fly maggots
  • Golden eye
  • Ground beetles
  • Kissing bug
  • Lacewing
  • Ladybeetles
  • Leaf bug
  • Minute pirate bugs
  • Nerve-winged insects
  • Parasitic wasps
  • Plant bugs
  • Praying mantid
  • Predators
  • Sawfly
  • Stink bug
  • Syrphid fly
  • Tachinid fly
  • Thread-legged bugs
  • True bugs
  • Weevil
  • Wood boring beetle larvae


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