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Spined soldier bug eating Mexican bean beetle larvae. Photo: USDA
Spined soldier bug eating Mexican bean beetle larvae. Photo: USDA

Bugs in your garden? Look closer!

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Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy confesses a passion for beneficial insects in her weekly conversation with Martha Foley. In fact, she says some of the creepiest looking insects are among the best. They talk about ladybug larva and other alligator-like young, spined soldier bugs, hover flies, and more.

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A spiny soldier beetle ("good"), eating a black swallowtail larva ("bad," but turns into a beautiful butterfly...). Photo from master gardener Allison Hoff.

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