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Predatory and Parasitic Insects

There are two specific types of beneficial insects that can help keep pests in check. Predatory insects are beneficial because they feed directly on other insects like aphids. Common predatory insects include lacewings, ladybugs, and praying mantids. Parasites, mainly wasps or flies, lay eggs either in or on specific host insects. For example, larra wasps lay their eggs on the bodies of the mole crickets. As larvae develop, they consume their hosts.

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