Welcome to the Enhancing Western Orchard Biological Control Website!

A USDA-NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative Project

A collaborative project between Washington State University, University of California at Berkeley, Oregon State University, USDA-ARS, and USDA-NIFA, and the apple, pear and walnut industries in California, Oregon, and Washington
  • Sunrise Orchard NE ID Workshop

    Hands-on natural enemies identification workshops are just part of our Outreach effort. image by S. McDonald, WSU-TFREC

  • Adult Ascogaster quadridentata

    Ascogaster quadridentata parasitizes codling moth eggs. image by USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA

  • Green lacewing larva

    A single green lacewing larva can consume over 300 aphids a day. image by Angela Gadino, WSU-TFREC

  • Colpoclypeus florus

    Colpocylpeus florus is a parasitic wasp that attacks both Pandemis and Obliquebanded leafrollers. image by Stephen Ausmus, USDA-ARS

New Website Design

May 25, 2012

Check out our newly redesigned website. The new layout is fully responsive allowing it to adjust to most standard web viewing devices and browsers.

New Lacewing Rearing Video

May 25, 2012

Watch our newest "How to" video on rearing the green lacewing Chrysoperla johnsonii. This is just one of the many natural enemies studied

Flight Mill Studies Video

November 1, 2011

Sub-lethal effects of pesticides can have many subtle effects on insects. Use of a flight mill can determine how flight behaviors are effected, such as distance, speed and periodicity of flights.