Good guys vs. bad guys
Various ladybug (beetle) species can be found in garden settings. While the adults do eat aphids and other pests, the larva stage are more beneficial than the adults and are veracious aphid eaters.
Published on June 3, 2009
Numerous insects are active around this cactus flower. According to entomology statistics, most species of insects are likely beneficial or harmless.
The green lacewing adult is only about 3/8-inch long and is beneficial to harvest aphids and small pesky insects.
Like the larva of the lady bug, the lacewing larva harvests far more aphids as well as thrips, mealybugs and mites than does the adult and is many times mistakenly destroyed.
While the adult ladybugs do eat aphids and other pests, the larva stage are more beneficial than the adults. The larva stage of the ladybug is often mistaken for a pest.
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