Beneficial Insects Are Bugs We Love
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Ladybugs Love to Eat Aphids
Aphids are prodigious plant eaters, but ladybugs live to eat them. To attract ladybugs naturally, consider planting flowers around the garden. Ladybugs are attracted to pollen and the increased availability can draw them in. Another strategy for increasing a ladybug presence is the elimination of pesticides.
Lacewings also prey on aphids. Lacewings are attracted to nectar rich flowers, so plant flowers that bloom at different times to bring them to your garden.
Hoverfly larvae have an appetite for aphids, too. They can feed on hundreds of aphids before they popate. The adults are attracted to flowering plants.
Ladybug larvae feast on aphids and other insect pests and their eggs.