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Beneficial insect - Aphid midge


August 3, 2022


Searles Gardening Team

Discover the beneficial Aphid Midge, a predator in the garden that feeds on aphids and honeydew. Learn about its unique reproductive habits.

Aphid midge

Aphidoletes aphidimyza

One of the good guys in the garden, though its name makes you want to scratch.  The adult Aphid Midge or Aphidoletes aphidimyza, looks very much like a fungal gnat but is a predator in the garden.  Hiding under leaves through the day and emerging at night to reproduce.  The female aphid midge can lay over a hundred eggs at a time, and these shiny orange eggs are carefully laid amongst a colony of aphids, so there is a sufficient food supply for her young.  To make sure they get the most from the aphid colonies, the adult aphid midge feeds on the honeydew that the aphids produce.  read more detail