Common Garden Pests

18 Common Garden Pests
Let's face it - there isn't a gardener or farmer who hasn't come across one of these pests, while working in their garden. 
  • Aphid: Aphids, also known as plant lice and in Britain and the Commonwealth as greenflies, blackflies, or whiteflies, are small sap-sucking insects, and members of the superfamily Aphidoidea.
  • Army worm: The fall armyworm is part of the order of Lepidoptera and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth. It is regarded as a pest and can wreak havoc with crops if left to multiply. Its name is derived from its feeding habits.
  • Asparagus Beetles: Crioceris or asparagus beetle is a genus of the family Chrysomelidae of beetles. The name is neo Latin from Greek κριός, ram and κέρας, horn.
  • Bagworms: The Psychidae are a family of the Lepidoptera. The bagworm family is fairly small, with about 1350 species described.
  • Cabbage Loopers: The cabbage looper is a member of the moth family Noctuidae. It is found throughout the southern Palaearctic ecozone, all of North America, parts of Africa and most of the Oriental, parts of Europe and Indo-Australian region.
  • Cabbage Worm: The term cabbage worm is primarily used for any of four kinds of lepidopteran whose larvae feed on cabbages and other cole crops. This small group of similar pest species is known to agriculturists as the cabbage worm compte butterflies.
  • Colorado Potato Beetles: The Colorado potato beetle, also known as the Colorado beetle, the ten-striped spearman, the ten-lined potato beetle or the potato bug, is a major pest of potato crops.
  • Corn Earworms: Helicoverpa zea, commonly known as the corn earworm, is a species in the family Noctuidae. The larva of the moth Helicoverpa zea is a major agricultural pest.
  • Cucumber Beetles: Cucumber beetle is a common name given to members of two genera of beetles, Diabrotica and Acalymma, both in the family Chrysomelidae. The adults can be found on cucurbits such as cucumbers and a variety of other plants.
  • Cutworm: Cutworms are moth larvae that hide under litter or soil during the day, coming out in the dark to feed on plants. A larva typically attacks the first part of the plant it encounters, namely the stem, often of a seedling, and consequently cuts it down; hence the name cutworm.
  • Fungus gnats: Fungus gnats (also called drain flies) are small, dark, short-lived gnats, The larvae feed on plant roots and fungi, helping in the decomposition of organic matter. The adults are 2–5 millimetres long, and are important pollinators of plants and carriers of mushroom spores. They also may carry diseases such as pythium on their feet.
  • Grasshoppers: Grasshoppers are insects of the order Orthoptera, suborder Caelifera. They are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers to distinguish them from the katydids which have much longer antennae.
  • Harlequin bugs: The harlequin cabbage bug, also known as calico bug, fire bug or harlequin bug, is a black stinkbug of the family Pentatomidae, brilliantly marked with red, orange and yellow.
  • Japanese Beetle: The beetle species Popillia japonica is commonly known as the Japanese beetle. It is about 15 millimetres long and 10 millimetres wide, with iridescent copper-colored elytra and green thorax and head.
  • Leafhoppers: Leafhopper is a common name applied to any species from the family Cicadellidae. These minute insects, colloquially known as hoppers, are plant feeders that suck plant sap from grass, shrubs, or trees.
  • Mealybug: Mealybugs are insects in the family Pseudococcidae, unarmored scale insects found in moist, warm climates.
  • Jumping plant louse: Jumping plant lice or psyllids form the family Psyllidae of small plant-feeding insects that tend to be very host-specific, i.e. each plant-louse species only feeds on one plant species or feeds on a few closely related plants.
  • Whiteflies: Whiteflies are small hemipterans that typically feed on the undersides of plant leaves. They comprise the family Aleyrodidae, the only member of the superfamily Aleyrodoidea. More than 1550 species have been described.


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