Maureen Gilmer explains the advantages of the praying mantis in the garden.
The biodiversity in your yard and garden will contribute to the pleasure you gain from growing herbs, but some wildlife will be beneficial, while others may appear to be incurable pests.
Beneficial insects come in many shapes and sizes, but their numbers can be curtailed by misguided pesticide applications or as a result of inaccurate identification. Many are essential pollinators while others are predators feeding on plant pests and other invertebrate animals. These include ladybugs, some hoverfly larvae, and lacewing larvae, while ground beetles feed on a wide range of soil-dwelling pests.
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