The early stages of this common wasp feed on the young of other insects.
Parasitic wasps can be either friend or foe. The long black "stinger" on the back end of its body is an ovipositer — a device that allows it to lay eggs in the soft larval body of a variety of insects, including beetles, grubs, flies and pest caterpillars. Its young hatch inside the host's body and eat their way out. The catch is that sometimes it preys on beneficial insects and spiders, such as butterflies and other wasps. Some species lay their eggs in wood.
There are thousands of species in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, and they're found throughout the U.S. Parasitic wasps typically look like skinny wasps with very long antennae. You can usually find them hunting in the garden for prey by day or flying around porch lights in the evening. The adults of most types can sting.
Beneficial Insect: Braconid Wasps
Inside each of the little white cocoons on this targeted hornworm is a future garden-pest eating machine.
Beneficial Bug: The Hover Fly
Familiar garden predators like ladybugs and praying mantises often get all the credit for controlling bad bugs. Check out what this largely unsung backyard hero can do.
Invite Dragonflies Into Your Garden
Inviting dragonflies into your garden can provide a lot of magic and fewer mosquitoes.
A member of the assassin-bug family, the wheel bug is a beneficial insect.
How to Take Softwood Cuttings
Given the right care, plants can root from stem cuttings in spring or summer.
How to Provide Sharp Drainage for Your Plants
If your landscape require sharp drainage, follow these tips for successful gardening all year round.
Welcome the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle to Your Garden
This member of the ground-beetle family is considered a beneficial insect in the garden.
How Does Environment Affect Your Garden Planting?
Unsuitable plants and unanticipated garden issues can drain your time and money. Avoid errors by getting to know your garden's soil, wind and drainage conditions before you break ground, or the bank.
Planting Australian Plants in Your Garden
Some of these specimens from Down Under could have great potential for American gardens.
Tropical, Hardy Hibiscus
Rose of Sharon, a hardy hibiscus, is quite similar to tropical ones and can be grown in many more areas.
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