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Beneficial Insects on NYC Farms Pocket Guide

Sam Anderson, Urban Agriculture Specialist
Harvest New York

Last Modified: November 8, 2022
Beneficial Insects on NYC Farms Pocket Guide

The Pocket Guide: Beneficial Insects on NYC Farms provides information on beneficial insects commonly found on New York City farms as well as how to recognize and identify them.

Beneficial insects in this guide refers to natural enemies of pests as well as pollinator insects, like bees.

The guide is a collaboration between NYS Integrated Pest Management and CCE Harvest NY, with content from Ileana Katzman.


GU?A DE BOLSILLO: Insectos ben?ficos en las granjas de la ciudad de Nueva York

Esta gu?a brinda informaci?n sobre los insectos ben?ficos que se encuentran com?nmente en las granjas de la ciudad de Nueva York, as? como tambi?n c?mo reconocerlos e identificarlos.

Pocket Guide: Beneficial Insects on NYC Farms (pdf; 1378KB)

GUÍA DE BOLSILLO: Insectos benéficos en las granjas de la ciudad de Nueva York (pdf; 1441KB)

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Field Guide: Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables

Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables aims to help urban farmers and gardeners find, identify, and understand the most common and important insects and other arthropod pests found in New York City farms and gardens. Some of these pests are rarely mentioned in other guides but are common in NYC. The guide emphasizes scouting tips, including how to identify pests by the damage they leave behind, even when you can't find the insect itself.

This guide was created as a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York team and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.