Aside from the 1000s of typical insects found in southern California, there are increasingly regular outbreaks of imported exotic species, as well as the occasional manifestation of less common types. Many of these insects are actually beneficial, either by preying upon harmful species, pollenating flowers, or providing some product to humans. Most insects are neither harmful nor helpful, they just live their small, mysterious lives mostly unnoted by humanity. The harmful pest species we deal with most feed upon the plants in your landscape, and may require treatment to prevent or minimize damage to your plants. Identification of insects is vital to properly directed control efforts, and includes an assessment of the potential for economic damage posed by the insect population, if it is a pest species.
Chlorochroa sayi Says stink bug on buddleia davidii.