When beneficial insects go rogue…

Today I saw this in a soybean field and thought it was so cool, I just had to share it. So I picked the leaf and brought it to where I could take a better picture. A lacewing larva is eating a ladybug pupa. Both of these are considered beneficial insects and eat aphids, insect eggs, etc. How cool is it to eat something that competes directly with you for a food resource? Of course, eating a beneficial could make you a pest, but in this case the pupa is the Asian multicolored ladybug which is considered to be a pest insect in some situations, so the lacewing can still be considered to be a beneficial insect. Like so much in life, context can be important.



Categories: Insects, Scouting issues, soybeans

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