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Is The Sloe Sheild Bug really a pest?

West Midlands, United Kingdom Gb

Hi. Can you tell me if Dolycoris Baccarum (Sloe Shield Bug) is beneficial in the garden in any way? I know they can leave a bitter residue on the berries which came up under a pest search. I have taken a picture of a very handsome little fellow and would like to use him on our garden landscaping website. Would this be a good move or not? I am looking for 8-10 garden friendly bugs, any suggestions? Already have butterflies, bee, ladybird. Your help would be much appreciated.
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Minibeast Moocher

On plant Dolycoris Baccarum




Very pretty but not something I would encourage in my garden, both the adults and the nymphs suck the sap from plants. Not all butterflies are garden friends either, the cabbage white is one I prefer not to see around my brassicas. To your list of friendly bugs you could add lacewings, damsel flies, wasps, moths, woodlice and spiders.

14 May, 2011


Hoverflies feed on aphids too.

14 May, 2011

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