Damsel bugs

Pests eaten:
thrips, mites, aphids, other bugs, small caterpillars, leafhoppers, lygus bugs

Some favorite plants:
caraway, fennel, goldenrod, cosmos 'White Sensation', marigold 'Lemon Gem', alfalfa

Description:
Damsel bugs (not to be confused with damsel flies) are a small, narrow insect that typically appears later in the summer. They are only about 3/8 - 1/2 inch long and yellow, grey or brown in color. They have long heads and antennae and a beak that is carried under their body except when piercing their prey. They overwinter in ground cover, winter grain and alfalfa.

Resources:
UC IPM Online
Agri-Life Extension

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