Unsuspecting Prey

Jennifer Lipka

This is a photo of parasitoid wasps on sweet alyssum gathering nectar and pollen. Meanwhile, a large well-camouflaged spider lays in wait for the wasps to be within reach for it to strike and get a meal. The photo was captured for the raspberry/sweet alyssum trials at the UBC Farm. Intercrops, such as planting with sweet alyssum, have been shown to increase insect species richness and diversity by providing diverse microclimates and food sources needed by the natural enemies of insect pests.