Geocoris, more commonly known as the Big-eyed bug, is a beneficial insect predator that is sometimes confused with the True Chinch bug; which is considered a pest control problem.
Adult Big-eyed bugs are small (about 3 mm) black, gray, or tan with proportionately large eyes. Big-eyed bugs, like other true bugs, have piercing-sucking mouthparts; and feed by stabbing their prey and sucking out the juices.
Big-eyed bugs are present in a number of habitats, including fields, gardens, and turf grass, and considered an important predator in many agricultural systems. This natural exterminator feeds on mites, insect eggs, and small pests like pink bollworm, cabbage loopers and whiteflies. Both nymphs and adult Big-eyed bugs can survive on nectar and honeydew, when prey are scarce.
Geocoris, more commonly known as the Big-eyed bug, is a beneficial insect predator, that is a natural exterminator of mites; and other small pests. Studies have shown that both Big-eyed bug nymphs and adults, act as effective natural exterminators. Big-eyed bug nymphs may consume as many as 1600 spider mites before reaching adulthood, and adult Big-eyed bugs have been reported to eat; as many as 80 mite pests per day.