BIG-EYED BUGS

Bug Index      

 Assassin Bug

Bigeyed Bug

Firefly

Bumblebee

Damselfly

Dragonfly

Giant Diving Beetle

Giant Stoneflies

Giant Water Bug

Ground Beetles

Honey Bee

Lacewings

Ladybird Beetle

Mealybug-Destroyers 

Millipede

Pirate Bugs

Praying Mantid

Predatory Mites

Rove Beetles

Sowbug

Syphid Fly

Tachnid Fly

Yellow Jacket

 

Although they are very tiny, Big-eyed bugs are mighty hunters. Both adults and nymphs eat a variety of insect eggs including those of  mites, aphids, and leafhoppers. They also stalk other insect prey including: caterpillars, spider mites, and flea beetles. One big-eyed bug can consume dozens of spider mites in a single day. 

Big-eyed bugs have oval bodies and broad heads with distinctive, wide-set, bulging eyes. They have short antennae with an enlarged tip. Adults are usually gray, brown or yellowish in color. Nymphs look similar to adults but do not have wings. They are only 1/8 inch in length. Big-eyed bugs are attracted to potatoes, clover and green beans.

Big-eyed bugs live in the southern part of the United States and there are several species are found in Texas. Big-eyed bugs are some of the best friends a cotton farmer can have because the kill insect pests that destroy cotton plants. These predators are important in reducing infestations of the boll weevil, bollworms, bud- worms, and beet army worms.

 

BIG-EYED BUGS are loved by gardeners and farmers - They live longer than most bugs, for  three to four months. The females produce eggs for most of their life, averaging two or more eggs per day most of their adult life.  Productive little creatures to save your plants. Big-eyed bugs have a dramatically high tolerance to sprayable materials such as insecticides. Both the males and the females are voracious killers of harmful insects from the moment they hatch until their death several months later.
  
Developmental Cycle - Eggs hatch in 5 to 10 days depending on average temperature, optimal is 80 degrees F. In the Nymph stage, big-eyed bugs are wingless and do not fly.  For this reason farmers can buy their eggs and grow these bugs to protect their crops. Nymphs are ideal for nurseries and greenhouses where flowering and ornamental plants are grown.
   
When these bugs are on the plant, they search buds, flowers, and leaves where there are other destructive insects. Adults search both soil and plant surfaces for their prey.