News and Reviews

New Beneficial Bug Cards

The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects, by M. R. Jeffords, S. L. Post, R. N. Wiedenmann, and C. S. Sadof is an easy-to-use guide to natural enemies of insect pests. The newest creation from the Illinois Natural History Survey helps you tell the difference between garden pests and beneficials that eat the pests. It is designed to let the user know of the diversity of beneficial natural arthropod enemies that may be encountered in the home garden and landscape, and to provide a quick identification of the many different kind of natural enemies.

The set consists of 31 plastic laminated cards--about the size of baseball cards--that withstand dirt and moisture. Natural enemies are depicted in full color photographs on the front side and a concise and accurate description of the organism's biology is printed on the reverse side. The cards are held together with a fastener so you can bring the entire set to the garden to page through them as needed and help identify those previously unknown friends.

These ID cards are mainly of predators, with a few parasitic insects and examples of pathogens and a nematode, as well as a few comparisons of "good guy vs. bad guy".

To order a set of cards, send a check or money order made payable to "Illinois Natural History Survey" for $8 ($7.00 plus $1.00 shipping) to:

Distribution Office
Illinois Natural History Survey
607 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
phone (217) 333-6880

New Nematode Discovered

A new species of nematode, Psammomermis nitiduesis, was discovered infecting sap beetles near sweet corn fields in two counties in Illinois. Up to 80% of the spring-collected beetles were killed by the nematode.

Source: IOBC-NRS Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 2, Summer 1997--from Quarterly Report, USDA-ARS, Oct.-Dec. 1996.

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