Name: Cabbage Worm (actually four different lepidopteran type insects)
Eats: Anything from the brassica family
What makes them good: Plant damage is obvious
What makes them a pain: An uncanny ability to blend in on the affected plants. The fact that they have adapted to colder weather.
Management strategy: Watch for little white moths (or sometimes brown) and when you see damage start looking and pick manually.
Name: Green Lacewing
Eats: Flower nectar or aphids
What makes them good: Voracious consumers of aphids (called an aphid lion). They also become prolific quickly!
What makes them a pain: They live where they want to live only and if you don’t have the right habitat they may completely miss insects they could be eating for you.
Management strategy: Put in many different smaller wild type areas. Plant large green plants such as corn. Let the aphids build up a population so these guys can eat.