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Not all insects are your enemies

Beneficial insects

beneficial insects

Gardeners usually are not able to differentiate between friendly insects and enemy insects. They will spray insecticides all around and eradicate healthy insects along with destructive ones. Here in this blog, I will consider some beneficial insects that provide helping hands for your garden. As they have the ability to take away all the harmful insects in your garden and make them big fat to work for you.

Beneficial insects :

Lady Bug

It is one of the well-known beneficial bugs in your garden. They are good as they eat a quiet number of harmful insects. They have the ability to eat fifty to sixty aphids per day and over five thousand in their life cycle. So they like to devour mealy worms, leafhoppers and mites as well. They protect themselves from other predators by secreting a foul odour. They are very beautiful and are available in different colors such as red, orange and yellow. Be sure to plant dill and fennel in your garden, as they attract ladybugs and butterflies.

Lady Bug
Spined Soldier bug

Spined Soldier bug: –

This stink bug is favorable to your garden. They like to munch caterpillars and beetle larvae. They are specially used to fix the problem of Colorado Potato Beetle or Mexican Bean Beetle. So they have spines on their shoulders and their legs. You can attract them by planting perennial flowering plants around the garden beds.

Ground Beetle: – Ground beetles have twenty-five hundred different species. They like to ingest various range of insects including slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage maggots, and caterpillars. Larvae of beetle can eat up to fifty caterpillars per day. You can attract them by planting perennials or having a compost pile on your farm. Usually, they prefer those flowers that grow year after year. Moreover, it creates the conditions for the decomposition of organic matter in the compost pile.

Ground Beetle Beneficial insects
Green lacewing Beneficial insects
Green lacewing: –

These bugs are so pleasing in nature. Their wings have a unique orientation or texture. They like to chew aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, leafhoppers and many more. To catch their attention you should plant dill, angelica and coriander etc.

Praying Mantis: –

It is one of the biggest insects in nature. They like to chew caterpillars, moths, beetles, and crickets. They love to eat ladybugs as they are very beautiful.  By growing tall grass, shrubs, dill and marigold you can allure them.

Praying Mantis
Spiders:-

Isn’t it interesting spiders eat bed bugs. They like to cram down aphids, caterpillars, grasshoppers and fruit flies. Larger plant such as maize is enough to appeal spiders. If you want to get spiders in the garden then you need to give them a place to spin their webs.

Bees: –

Interestingly, Bees are responsible for every bit of food we eat today. Bees are one of my favourite insects which I want to have in my garden. They are helpful in the pollination of flowering plants. They require to pollinate i.e. squash, cucumber, eggplant, tomato, alfalfa, cotton, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, peppers, along with pollinating flowers. So they ensure to produce seeds in plants.

Hoverflies Beneficial insects
Hoverflies:-

When I think about flies, the first fly which strikes my mind is hoverflies. This fly is commonly known as flower flies or syrphid flies. Larvae of hoverflies act as a predator for pests such as Aphids, Scale insects and caterpillars. These flies are considered natural pest control agents. To attract these flies in the garden, you need to grow common yarrow, fern-leaf yarrow and dill.

Soldier Beetles: –

It is another beneficial beetle that you must have in your garden. It is commonly known as leatherwings. They like to gulf grasshopper eggs, aphids, and soft-shelled insects. You can fascinate them by planting goldenrod, zinnias, marigolds, or linden trees in the garden. Both adult and larval stages are predacious.

Soldier Beetles beneficial insects
Minute Pirate bug
Minute Pirate bug: –

This predacious insect starts to feed early in the growing season. They are seen commonly on crops like cotton, soya bean alfalfa, maize, grains and herbaceous plants in gardens. Both adults and nymphs are capable to suck the body sap of their prey. They like to feed spider mites, thrips, aphids, caterpillars, whiteflies and eggs of some mites.

Note: – Some other friendly insects include the tachinid fly, braconid wasp, predatory mites, mealybug destroyer, Aphid midges, Damsel bugs etc.