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Old 02-23-2021, 12:58 AM
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I seem to have a small population of predatory wasps established in my collection. I first noticed them this past summer, thinking they were thrips but I crushed a few (luckily these cant sting or I missed the stinger) and was able to ID them as small wasps. Since then I see the wasps about once every 3-4 weeks but they seem to be naturalized indoors since these sightings should represent a few generations.

Anyone else have these in their collection/ does anyone introduce them?
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Beneficial insects (except centipedes and millipedes) that are not hazardous or annoying are always completely welcome, in my opinion. I usually have lady bugs on my plants during the winter. I have had the little wasps outside every year and, now and then for a couple of months indoors, but I think the spiders must eventually get them. This autumn, all I had was an ant colony in a pot (diatomaceous earth got rid of them) and some yellow jackets that somehow kept getting inside.
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I buy predatory wasp larvae every three weeks from March through mid October. Keeps the fly population WAY down in the corral and lean-tos. (Horses, cows, goats). They are a wonderful predator for flies, and don't sting. I wouldn't care if they were in my orchid grow space.
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I buy predatory wasp larvae every three weeks from March through mid October. Keeps the fly population WAY down in the corral and lean-tos. (Horses, cows, goats). They are a wonderful predator for flies, and don't sting. I wouldn't care if they were in my orchid grow space.
I'm not worried about them at all just wondering if other people had them. They seem to be immune to the pesticides I use anyways heh!
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I think it is pretty cool that you have them established indoors. I always loved having the lady bugs.
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