Entomologists at the Illinois Natural History Survey have produced a convenient set of identification cards for beneficial insects common to the Midwest. This easy-to-use guide consists of 31 plastic-laminated cards about the size of baseball trading cards. The rugged cards withstand dirt and moisture and are fastened together in one corner so the set can be carried to the garden when necessary to distinguish between pests and beneficial insects. Each card provides a full color photo of a beneficial natural enemy on the front side and a concise and informative description on the reverse.
To get your set of cards, send a check or money order made payable to Illinois Natural History Survey for $8.00 ($7.00 plus $1.00 shipping and handling) to:
Illinois Natural History Survey
697 East Peabody Drive
Champaign IL 618820
This article originally appeared in the August 8, 1997 issue, p. 126.