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What’s Bugging You?

Did you know that 99% of all insects are either harmless or benefit us in some way?

Beneficial insects fall into 3 main categories:

  • Predators / Parasitoids: Insects that feed on other “critters” providing an important source of pest control in nature. This group is responsible for keeping pest populations balanced, otherwise herbivorous insects could easily deplete our flora.
Pictured: Robber Fly feeding on a small orange butterfly

This Robber Fly, seen feeding on a small butterfly,  is a great hunter, and an excellent predator. (Photo: Abi Saeed)

  • Pollinators: Insects that provide the vital service of pollination, by moving pollen from the male to the female part of flowering plants. 1/3 of all the food we eat depends on pollinators (including almonds, berries, and even chocolate!).
Pictured: Bumblebee feeding on pink flowers

This bumblebee is taking a sweet sip of nectar from a flower. Bees are the most important pollinators on the planet, and Colorado is home to over 900 different species! (Photo: Abi Saeed)

  • Scavengers / Decomposers: Insects that feed on dead animals, decaying living matter and waste, assisting in the breakdown of organic matter, and returning nutrients to the soil. Without them: waste would pile up, nutrients would not recycle, and life as we know it would cease to exist!
Pictured: Carrion beetle on a green leaf

This Carrion Beetle spends it’s time scavenging for dead animals, and feeding on the decaying materials. (Photo: Abi Saeed)

Without these vital services, the planet would be a completely different place than what we see today!

Pests only comprise 1% of insects, so it is always a good idea to identify the critter you are looking at, before you decide to get rid of it!

 

Insect Identification services available at your Garfield County Extension Office!

Stop by Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to drop off any insect samples for identification, OR make an appointment with your Agriculture / Horticulture & Natural Resources Extension Agent (Abi Saeed) for an in-person insect ID experience!

Pictured: Abi Saeed with small bumblebee on her nose.

You’d bee pleasantly surprised to find out what’s in your garden!

Abi Saeed
(970) 625-3969
Abi.Saeed@colostate.edu

 

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