Firefly (Lightning Bug)
Their flashing lights can turn a summer evening into a time of magic. Here's the insect that's responsible.
Flashing above the lawn and in the trees in the early summer evenings, the firefly engages in its mating rituals, blinking on and off in a pattern that's unique to one of the many sub-species.
These insects — actually small beetles — go through a complete metamorphosis. The adults look nothing like the larvae.
The eating patterns between young and old are very different too: Larvae feed on snails, slugs, earthworms and insect larvae; adult fireflies — if they eat at all — feed on nectar and pollen.
Glowworms are cousins of fireflies but lack wings.
A member of the assassin-bug family, the wheel bug is a beneficial insect.
This insect is a problem only if you're trying to grow milkweed.
This bug may be seen in large numbers, but it's more of a nuisance indoors than a problem outside.
Beneficial Bug: The Hover Fly
Familiar garden predators like ladybugs and praying mantises often get all the credit for controlling bad bugs. Check out what this largely unsung backyard hero can do.
The Lowdown on Garden-Friendly Bugs
Learn about a variety of insects that can help prevent garden pests from terrorizing your yard.
Despite its unfriendly name, this critter is a friend to gardeners most of the time.
The leaf-footed bug is an unwelcome visitor in vegetable and fruit gardens.
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If your landscape require sharp drainage, follow these tips for successful gardening all year round.
Tropical, Hardy Hibiscus
Rose of Sharon, a hardy hibiscus, is quite similar to tropical ones and can be grown in many more areas.
Red Velvet Ant
The red velvet ant, actually a wasp, is an external parasite of ground-nesting bees.
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