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Beneficial insect - Hoverfly


August 3, 2022


Searles Gardening Team

The versatile hoverfly is a global insect with clever mimicry skills, proving itself as a fierce predator of small sap-sucking insects and caterpillars.



These small flying insects can be found on a global scale and have proven themselves worthy time and time again. They come in a few colour forms yet the most common will have black and yellow markings on its rear that often resemble a wasp at first glance. This clever mimicry helps them to avoid being eaten themselves by a larger predator. Hoverfly larvae are fierce predators of small sap-sucking insects such as aphids and thrips, plus they will also feast on small caterpillars. The adult insects are amazing pollinators in their own right as they scour nectar-rich blooms and are being further studied for this ability in the absence of honey bees. read more detail