are small beetles that kill aphids, mealybugs, and other small, soft
bodied insects. Aphids and mealybugs are considered pests or bad bugs
because they kill garden plants by sucking the juices out of them.
Mealybug Destroyer beetles kill aphids and mealybugs in a very unique
way. Each adult female Destroyer lays hundreds of eggs that mix with
aphid and mealybug eggs. When the aphids and mealybugs hatch, the baby
Destroyer beetles eat all the hatching mealybugs and aphids. Adult
Mealybug Destroyers also kill aphids and mealybugs.
Because the Mealybug Destroyer beetles can not live over the winter, they are grown and kept safe in warm places by gardeners and scientists . When they are big enough, Mealybug Destroyer beetles are released into orange and citrus groves during the warmer months. Gardeners often buy them to live in greenhouses and protect plants. The mealybug destroyer is kept in greenhouses because it will kill aphids and mealybugs that often destroy greenhouse plants. Mealybug Destroyer beetles are beneficial bugs because they protect citrus groves, gardens, and greenhouses from bad bugs, like aphids and mealybugs, that destroy plants .