he predatory bug, Orius laevigatus, belongs to the family Anthocoridae, which are minute pirate bugs. The species Orius laevigatus is found throughout the Mediterranean basin, from the Atlantic region of Western Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean, including Israel.
Orius bugs are used throughout the world for thrips control. They prefer certain types of prey: various thrips species (especially the western flower thrips), aphids, whiteflies, mites and moth eggs. Predatory bugs of the genus Orius are omnivorous, i.e. feed on pollen and plant sap as well as on live prey. Being a generalist predator, O. laevigatus may consume whiteflies and spidermites if present at the vicinity of thrips. The alternative prey helps O. laevigatus maintain its population in the absence of thrips. This contributes significantly to the efficacy of O. laevigatus.
Orius is observed on trees, shrubs, and in dozens of agricultural crops such as strawberries, sweet peppers, melons, beans, basil, cotton, alfalfa and corn.
O. laevigatus is a small insect (1.5-2.5 mm in length) equipped with piercing-sucking mouthparts, and two pairs of wings, the front pair being partially rigid. The adult is brown-black with grey spots. Male and female can be distinguished by the tip of their abdomen, which is pointed in the female. The female’s ovipositor may be visible using a magnifying glass.
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