We love our bugs.
They support our vineyards in so many ways.
Did you know that only about 5% of bugs are considered bad? Here are a few of the good bugs and what they contribute:
They love caterpillars, moths, beetle larvae and aphids.
They feed on leafhoppers, thrips, and aphids and other destructive bugs.
They feed only at night, but love cutworms, slugs, and many other pests. They are a VORACIOUS predator.
We have actually purchased larva from this bug. They are great because both the adults and larva eat aphids, mealybugs, scales, thrips and whiteflies.
It’s easy to find this bug in our vineyard. We love having them for their consumption of aphids, mites, and mealybugs. Even their larva help combat pests.
This one will attack just about any insect. Good or bad.
They feed on a variety of insects including the caterpillars and aphids.
Look out caterpillars. They will destroy them from the inside out.
Preys on a wide range of good and bad bugs. They don’t discriminate. Mostly moths, beetles, crickets and caterpillars.
In the vineyard, we rely on these bugs to help create a balance so no one bug dominates the fields. If we were to spray an insecticide, it would not only remove the “bad” bugs but the good ones too. This allows neighboring “perhaps bad bugs” to visit our vineyard unchecked. Sadly the bad bugs usually reproduce much faster than the good bugs. The numbers rise until the balance is once again restored by a predatory bug, but not until a large part of your field is destroyed.