Biological Control of Insect Pests
Natural enemies of insects are extremely important in preventing pest outbreaks in field crops. These natural enemies include predators, parasitoids, and diseases such as Neozygites fresenii (the cotton “aphid fungus”). Common predators observed in cotton and other crops are spiders, lacewings, big-eyed bugs, insidious flower bugs, lady beetles, syrphid fly larvae, ants, ground beetles, assassin bugs, damsel bugs, and spined soldier bugs.
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