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Minute Pirate Bug

Orius spp. (beneficial)

  • Adult: small (1/16 in.), black with white wing bases and wing tips. NYMPH: similar to adult but with wings not completely developed. Both nymphs and adults may become quite abundant.
  • Prey: insect eggs, whiteflies, thrips, mites.

Minute Pirate Bug Picture

Minute Pirate bug adult
Image # 21.
Minute pirate bug adult -

both adults and nymphs attack many insect prey including insect eggs, thrips, aphids, whiteflies and mites (courtesy of E. Vasquez).