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Two Insects You Should Get to Know!

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.