In the garden we can see insects of different colors that we don’t know what they can be, allies or enemies? In today’s article, we are going to learn about some red stink bugs that we can find in the garden and find out what they can look like as we have seen in other articles about green stink bugs, black thumbtacks or white thumbtacks.
The red color of insects is used as a defense mechanism indicating that they are poisonous or have a bad taste. And the ladybug will come to mind, well yes that is a clear example, surely if you have captured a ladybug you will have noticed that its hand is yellow and has a strange smell.
This is because ladybugs expel a smelly, foul-smelling liquid to avoid being eaten.
It is a bug that lives on the plants it feeds on, fennel, parsley and other plants of the Apiaceae family. Its diet is phytophagous, it sucks the sap of plants but in this case it does not transmit diseases or weaken the plant. I’ve seen some on my farm but there aren’t many for each plant and since they’re so pretty I don’t do anything to them.
In case of plague (several individuals), you can try some ecological remedies.
This red and black bug is very common in growing areas, it lives in the soil in large family groups which can cause panic in the farmer. In principle, they feed on weedy plant species or weeds such as mallow and their seeds.
They usually don’t become pests unless they have no mallows to feed on, which can affect the cabbage crop. Their young are the same as adults but completely red.
It is a bug that is usually found in plants of the cruciferous family such as cabbages, colinos, broccoli, green cabbage, closed cabbage, red cabbage, etc.
On the leaves, you can see small yellow dots that are produced by the bites of these insects. We can try the remedies indicated above, although if there are few specimens it is better not to apply them because we can also affect predators. A culture without insects is not healthy, it is necessary to leave an ecosystem so that it is balanced.
There are many mites in the garden, some are pests and some are not, such as velvet mites, as they are predators that patrol plants and soil in search of food. They are common to see in humid places like the forest, although we can also see them in the garden.
Its body is full of hair giving it a velvety appearance. They feed on eggs, larvae and other insects. The key to knowing it’s a predatory mite is that if it’s running too fast it’s a predator and if it’s still under the leaves it’s a pest.
It is the well-known pest of the red spider mite, which is also a mite that feeds on plant sap (phytophage). Some symptoms that we have from spider mites on our plants are the presence of small silken webs which they use to transport themselves faster through the plant and the leaves have small yellow dots.
Turning the leaf we will see the mites, red or lighter in color, and if we look closely we can see round eggs. There are several methods to combat it, such as the application of sulfur.
Syrphid flies are a family of brightly colored flower-pollinating flies whose larvae are usually predators of aphids and other agricultural pests. The appearance of these larvae resemble fruit flies, elongated worms without legs, and if we look carefully at a plant with aphids, we can tell them apart. Undoubtedly, a red insect more allied with the garden.
If you find red worms, it may be the Californian red worm that escaped from a neighbor’s yard and is swarming around your yard. We do not have to worry because even if it is a species from another place, it is not invasive, because it feeds on the organic matter that is on the surface, helping the plants to better digest organic matter.
If you have a pond or pond, there are lakes nearby or standing water, it is possible that dragonflies of colors as colorful as this red one will wander through your garden. He is a male of the Crocothemis erythraea species. Dragonflies are active predators that capture their prey from the air and can eat anything from flies to mosquitoes to butterflies.
One of the prettiest red bugs that can visit your garden. These animals are associated with water as they lay their eggs there where their larvae will live until they become adults.
It is a spider known as Dysdera crocata that feeds on ball bugs and other woodlice that it finds on the ground. It usually lives in damp places and has this small jaw (chelicerae) to be able to pierce the hard shell of woodlice. Its red color is also a warning because its bite can hurt but is not dangerous.
Other very common red bugs that we can find in the garden are the wasps, generally we should not pick them up or disturb them because they can sting us but they are very beneficial because they are predators of insects or parasitoids which means they lay their eggs inside the parasites for them to feed their babies.
There is a wide variety of them, some are potters because they make their nests with mud, catch caterpillars or spiders and fill the nest so that the future generation has something to eat.
We almost forgot ladybugs, they are excellent allies in the garden and very active predators of aphids and other soft pests that can affect our garden, such as scale insects. There are usually a wide variety of ladybugs in the garden in many sizes and colors, but the best known is the 7-pointed ladybug.
If there are aphids in your garden, rest assured that you will have them, in addition, their larvae are purple and elongated, do not confuse them with caterpillars.
humus worm mite
Red mites can appear in large numbers in worm castings, which may cause concern. Nothing happens, they are mites that feed on organic matter and will not affect plants. They look like a red ball as you can see in the picture.
red tomato aphid
It is an insect that has the ability to reproduce very quickly, becoming a pest since it causes crop damage by feeding on its sap. They are usually found in tomato plants under the leaves or stems. Ecological remedies such as potassium soap can be applied to combat them.
The cuirassier beetle is a great ally in the garden because it is a predator although it can also pollinate plants because it feeds on the pollen of flowers.
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