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Do Corn Ear Worms have a predator?

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by murphyette on September 19, 2005 05:30 AM
Does anybody know if Corn Ear Worms have a natural predator? I would like to avoid both pestacides, and the darn worms next year.

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by Amigatec on September 19, 2005 07:29 AM
Put a drop a mineral oil on the silks, and that should kill the eggs.

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by MelanieS on September 27, 2005 02:24 AM
Murphyette:

I read somewhere recently that the PENNSYLVANIA LEATHER-WINGS (or SOLDIER BEETLES) would eat corn worm grubs. Of course now for the life of me I cannot find where I read it. Maybe you can do a search and find out something.

We had these this year all over my Celosia. Tons of them so I had to do some research to find out what they were. Turns out they are a great bug to have around.
by MelanieS on September 27, 2005 02:28 AM
I found the quote!!!

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/love_among_bugs.html

These Soldier Beetles are important biological controls against Corn Earworms in the larval form and adults are often found on flowers, especially goldenrod since they eat pollen and nectar.

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