From the Garden – Minute Pirate Bug

Flower Bugs
Flower Bug

Today’s “From the Garden” spotlight is on another insidious predator, the Minute Pirate Bugs, or Flower Bugs.  These true bugs, classified within the Family Anthocoridae, specialize in piercing and sucking the contents of any soft-bodied insects that are roughly their own size or smaller.  These prey insects, such as thrips, aphids, caterpillars and their eggs, are important insect pests.  I believe the insect pictured in this post falls within the genus Orius.

Minute Pirate Bug
Minute Pirate Bug