Pest: Minute Pirate Bug (Orius spp. and Anthocoris spp.)
Pest Type: Beneficial Insect
Major Identifying Features: Small, 1/12-1/5 inch long, oval, black to purplish with white markings, triangular head, nymphs are usually pear-shaped and yellowish or reddish brown with red eyes, eggs are inserted into plant tissues
Life Cycle: Incomplete metamorphosis, short development time in only 3 weeks from egg to adult
Pest Rating: Beneficial!
Management Rating: Beneficial!
Host/Season/Outbreak Information: First and most common predaceous insect in the spring, common in alfalfa, corn, small grains, cotton, soybeans, tomatoes, ornamental and landscapes
Support Information/Common Prey: Predaceous on a wide variety of small insects including psyllids, thrips, mites, aphids, whiteflies, small caterpillars
Management/Attraction Options: Commercially available, used in greenhouses for controlling thrips