A Beneficial Assassin

In an earlier post I said that not all insects are pests.  In the photo below you will see another insect that is not a pest, but rather a beneficial insect — the assassin bug.  The photo below shows the nymph stage — look how many of them are on that single blackberry!  Although one might be tempted to kill these creatures, they are helping control the pest populations on the plant.  The nymph stage tends to congregate together, perhaps as a way to overwhelm pests or just to protect themselves from attack by predators.  It is very important to know what insects are in your vineyard, orchard, planting, etc. and how to properly identify them, because some of them are saving you time and money.

Congregating Assassin Bug Nymphs

Congregating Assassin Bug Nymphs

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