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Incredible Diversity of Critters on Eggplant Crop

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Pollinators & Predators

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Bumble bee (Bombus sp.) buzz pollinating an eggplant bloom. The eggplant bloom has poricidal anthers which means the flowers must be buzz pollinated for the pollen to be released. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Predatory big-eyed bug (Geocoris sp.). Big-eyed bugs are tiny, about 1/6″ long, and prey on aphids, small caterpillars, eggs, and other small insects. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Jumping spider (Colonus puerperus). Spiders are general predators and feed on a wide variety of insects. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Assassin bug (Atrachelus cinereus). Assassin bugs are general predators. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Green tree frog (Hyla cinerea). Tree frogs feed on insects. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Flesh fly (Sarcophaga sp.). Some species feed on decaying meat while other species are parasitoids of caterpillars. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Sweat bee (Halictidae). Sweat bees are important pollinators. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Orbweaver (Neoscona sp.). General predator. Photo by Debbie Roos.

White-banded crab spider (Misumenoides formosipes). Photo by Debbie Roos.

White-banded crab spider feeding on sweat bee. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mealybug destroyer larva (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri) feeding on aphids and surrounded by ants which eat the sugary honeydew excreted by the aphids. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata). Lady beetles feed on insect eggs, aphids, small caterpillars, and other soft-bodied insects. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans). The green lynx spider does not spin a web but lies in wait for its prey. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Orbweaver (Acacesia hamata) hiding out in a rolled eggplant leaf. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Predatory ground beetle (Lebia viridis). Ground beetles are general predators. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Clouded skipper (Lerema accius) nectaring on an eggplant bloom. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Daring jumping spider (Phidippus audax). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Eggplant harvest! Photo by Debbie Roos.