Beneficial Insects to the Rescue

thrip with black body and brown legs

Recently in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, our rainbow eucalyptus was attacked by thrips, a nasty pest that was calling the leaves to fall off. We never use pesticides in the Butterfly Wing—those could kill butterflies as well as the problem insects. So instead we brought in predatory mites to devour the thrips. Our prized rainbow eucalyptus is expected to make a full recovery!

— Nathan Brockman, Butterfly Wing Curator