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Benefical Insects of New Mexico

Benefical Insects of New Mexico

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Pocket Guide to the BenecialInsects of New Mexico
Tessa R. Grasswitz, New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center, Los Lunas, NMDavid R. Dreesen, Natural Resources ConservationService Plant Materials Center, Los Lunas, NM
 
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Contents
Introduction ...........................................................3 Attracting and retaining benecial insects.................4Suggested insectary plants for New Mexico ...............5Other ways to conserve benecial insects .................7Common benecial insects of New Mexico1. Beetles (Order: Coleoptera) .............................9(i) Ladybeetles/Ladybird beetles (Coccinellidae) .......9(ii) Ground beetles (Carabidae)......................11(iii) Rove beetles (Staphylinidae) .....................12(iv) Soft-winged ower beetles (Melyridae) .......132. True bugs (Order: Hemiptera) ........................14(i) Big-eyed bugs (
Georcoris
species) ..............14(ii) Minute pirate bugs (Anthocoridae) .............15(iii) Damsel or nabid bugs (Nabidae) ..............16(iv) Spined soldier bug (
Podisus maculiventris
) ......17(v) Assassin bugs (Reduviidae) ........................183. Lacewings (Order: Neuroptera) .....................194. Benecial ies (Order: Diptera) ......................20(i) Hoveries (Syrphidae) ................................20(ii) Tachinid ies (Tachinidae) ......................215. Wasps (Order: Hymenoptera) ........................22(i) Parasitic wasps (various families) ................22(ii) Predatory wasps (various families) ..............24Further reading ....................................................27
 
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Introduction
 There is a wide variety of naturally occurringbenecial insects that can help keep pest insectsunder control if they are given a chance. Sadly,however, these insects are often misidentied andin some cases are mistaken for pests, leading tounnecessary and counter-productive insecticideapplications. This publication, funded by theWestern IPM Center, is intended to prevent suchmistakes by highlighting some of the benecialinsects commonly found in New Mexico farmsand gardens. Tips and suggestions on how toattract and retain such insects are also included.
Spined soldierbug nymph (left)attacking squashbug nymph.

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