Predatory Mites

Predatory Mites

Predatory Mites Order: AcariFamily: Phytoseiidae Description Several species of predatory mites are effective controls of plant-feeding spider mites. Other species of predatory mites feed on eriphyid mites (family: Eriophyidae). Typically, predatory mites are a little...
Ground Beetles

Ground Beetles

Ground Beetles Order: ColeopteraFamily: Carabidae Description There are many species of ground beetles, usually found under debris, in soil cracks or moving quickly along the ground. Most are black or brown and have long legs. Ground beetles are generalist predators...
Spiders

Spiders

Spiders Order: Araneae Description All spiders feed on insects or other small arthropods. Most people are familiar with the common web-making species. However, there are many other spiders – wolf spiders, crab spiders, jumping spiders – that do not build webs but...
Tachinid Flies

Tachinid Flies

Tachinid Flies  Order: DipteraFamily: Tachinidae Description Tachinid flies are gray or brown flies covered with dark bristles. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Bugwood.org Tachinid fly and eggs.   Quick Facts Beneficial arthropods can prevent or limit pest problems in...
Parasitoid Wasps

Parasitoid Wasps

Parasitoid Wasps Order: HymenopteraFamily: Braconidae, Ichneumonidae, Eulophidae, Aphelinidae, Trichogrammatidae  Description These wasps are a large and diverse group of parasitoids. Most are extremely small, under 0.5-inches long and attack small insects such as...