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Bug of the Week: Minute Pirate Bugs are Back

Isn't it amazing how some insects show up every year at the same time?

Each spring we have the tiny yellow thrips in our flowers,

minute-pirate-and-thripsand each year the equally tiny black-and-white minute pirate bugs (Orius tristicolor) arrive to feed on them.

minute-pirate-bug-19If you look closely, you can see their beaks stuck into the thrips like tiny pirate swords.

minute-pirate-croppedThis bug caught two thrips in the short time I was watching it and was hunting a third.

Go, minute pirate bug, go!

Have you ever seen a minute pirate bug? When are they active where you live?

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