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Entomology

Harmful
Noctuidae

FruitWorms

(Species: Helicoverpa zea)
This moth species belongs to the dreaded family of moths called Noctuidae. Within this family, you can find other agricultural pests often referred to as cutworms.

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Chalcidoidea

Chalcid Wasps

(Family: Chalcididae)
Chalcids are parasitoids of several groups of insects including Diptera (flies), Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Coleoptera (beetles), and Hymenoptera (true bugs). Some deposit eggs inside their hosts’ eggs while others attack the nymphs.

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Aleyrodidae

Whiteflies

(Family: Aleyrodidae)
Whiteflies (Family Aleyrodidae). Despite their name, whiteflies are not actually true flies but rather closely related to aphids and mealybugs.

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Coccinellidae

Lady Bugs

Ladybugs, ladybirds, and lady beetles (Family Coccinellidae)
These beetles have been loved by gardeners for years.

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Galerucinae

Flea Beetles

(Family: Chrysomelidae)
These little cuties are unfortunately a huge issue for many tomato growers.

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Araneae

Spiders

(Class: Araneae)
Though spiders are often feared by many people, they are quite beneficial in your garden! They are efficient predators and primarily feed on insects.

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