Beneficial Insects Are Bugs We Love

These great garden helpers keep problematic pests at bay which is why we love these bugs.

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Beneficial Ladybug Loves to Eat Garden Aphids

Ladybugs love to eat aphids. Nuture a healthy population of ladybugs in the garden by providing a good variety of dry places for them to gather and overwinter.

Lacewings and Their Larvae are Garden Guardians

Lacewings and their larvae are valuable allies that feast on aphids and other insect pests. Lure them into the garden with a range of nectar rich flowers that bloom at different times.

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are beneficial in the garden, trapping troublesome bugs in their webs and also preventing outdoor pests from migrating inside.

Aphid Eating Larvae of the Hoverfly

Hoverfly larvae can consume hundreds of aphids before they popate. Attract the adults with flowering plants and they will reward you by laying their eggs in the garden.

Ladybug Larvae are Welcome Pest Predators

Ladybug larvae have an insatiable appetite for aphids and other insect pests and their eggs, making these small, black, orange striped larvae welcomed garden guests.

Hoverflies Pollinate and Feed on Pests

The Common Hover Fly has a black and yellow striped abdomen and looks a bit like a wasp. They are often seen hovering near flowers. They feed on nectar and help to pollinate the flowers. The larvae are brown.

Ground Beetles Feed on Slugs in Garden

Several species of beetles feed on garden slugs and often live in the cool, shaded spots slugs prefer. Place large stones on the soil for them to hide under undisturbed.

Encarsia Formosa Parasitic Wasp that Eats Whitefly

Instead of chemicals, biological control is an environmentally friendly way to tackle certain pests. The Encarsia formosa, a parasitic wasp, is often used to control whitefly in greenhouse crops.

Dragonfly

Dragonflies help keep gnat and mosquito populations in check.

Praying Mantis

The praying mantis eats many pest bugs including mites, thrips, flies, aphids, grubs and leafhoppers.

Beautiful Bees

For their role in pollinating plants and flowers, bees are some of the most beneficial insects.

Ladybug Larvae Feed on Juicy Aphids

Ladybugs are predators. The most common insects that ladybugs eat are aphids. They will control the pest insects in the garden without the gardener having to use chemical pesticides. Even larval ladybugs eat aphids.