The gendarme is this very recognizable insect with its red color and black spots. It is often observed in groups with its companions. Kids love rocking them on their little hands. Harmless to humans, the gendarme sometimes takes up residence in the garden. Is he therefore an ally or an undesirable of the garden? We let you discover it.

Constable characteristics

Also nicknamed Swiss or midday seeker, the gendarme can challenge the gardener when the insect is gathered with its congeners on tree trunks or on plants. Don’t worry: this insect will do nothing to your garden. He does not sting humans or plants and emits no odor unlike bedbugs.

Gendarmes measure on average 1 cm and are part of the bedbug family. They have two pairs of wings. However, they are unable to fly, because these are too short. The shapes it has on its shell are said to scare off some predators.

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Like aphids, it is biting and sucking, it feeds mainly on the flowers and seeds of tiliaceae and malvaceae. However, it can also be observed eat dead insects such as aphids exactly. In the garden, it is useful because it will eliminate unwanted insects.

However, the gendarme should not be confused with other bugs, such as the harlequin bug. The latter feeds by sucking the sap of certain vegetables from the vegetable garden, but remains not very offensive.

The reproduction of the gendarmes

The gendarmes are mainly observed during the spring and fall. Besides, you have surely already seen gendarmes mate, because they are hung back to back. The female will then lay about fifty eggs under the stones. After two weeks, the eggs hatch and then the larvae evolve until the end of summer. In late fall, they will hibernate under rocks or dead wood.

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