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The role of natural enemies in cotton pest management has often been obscured by the widespread use of broad-spectrum insecticides. Nevertheless, cotton can support a large complex of insects, spiders and mites that feed on cotton pests. For example, researchers in Arkansas recorded more than 600 different species of beneficial arthropods in cotton. In California, entomologists estimated that some 300 to 350 different species consistently breed in cotton fields. Of the many arthropod species occurring in cotton, very few are pests; the majority are beneficial


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