Please, Please, don’t eat the daisies

A neighbor stopped by to look at my daisies. My daisies are pretty healthy, but her daisies, she said, were being mutilated by an insect. I asked her to email me a photo of the invader. Here’s what she sent:

 

The photos were small but I thought I knew what the insect was (‘was’ because it looks dead in the 3rd photo!).  Early the next morning, I searched for the same insect among my dew covered daisies. I saw two spider species lying in wait for an unsuspecting meal:

 

I saw tiny beetles:

Beetles on daisies 2019

A closer look:

beetle on daisy 2019

There was a whole world of small insects calling the daisies home:

Daisy insect 2019

And then I saw it… the same kind of bug that my neighbor saw and I knew these insects were NOT the ones vandalizing her daisies. These insects are True Bugs, insect predators called Jagged Ambush Bugs.

 

 

Thanks to Wikipedia Creative Commons for sharing a better photo of a jagged ambush bug than I could:

Wikipedia jagged ambush bug

The funky little insect looks like it could audition as a dragon on Game of Thrones but it really is a beneficial garden bug. It’s called an ambush bug because that’s what it does. Camouflaged well, it waits patiently, then ambushes a visiting insect up to 10 times its own size, injects poison, and make a fast meal out of it.

That’s all the news from the insect world this week. I should add that my neighbor was pleased when I shared the good news but I’m sure she is frustrated in not yet identifying the culprit that’s eating her daisies. So far, nothing new.

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