Predators, or animals that capture and eat their prey, are one of the “three Ps” of biological control, along with parasites and pathogens. In North America, we think of bears, mountain lions, bobcats or coyotes as the larger predators. Southern Indiana farmers are dealing with an increasingly bothersome black vultures that feeds on live animals, unlike the turkey vultures in northern Indiana.
In the plant world, the predators are smaller, but just as ferocious. But predatory insects sometimes suffer from the stigma of being “creepy.” Adult lady beetles, and preying mantids are well recognized, but most spiders, wasps and other multilegged predators are frequently considered “bad” because they are scary looking.