The Q&A Archives: Beneficials vs. pests

Question: If I see eggs underneath a veggie leaf, can I be fairly sure these are not the eggs of a beneficial insect?

Answer: There's really no way to tell if the eggs are from beneficial or destructive insects until after they hatch. Even entomolgists would have a hard time making that determination. I usually pick off any leaves with egg masses because in my garden the destructives outweigh the beneficials!

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