Beneficial Insectary Plants

Beneficial insectary plants are those plants that attract beneficial insects to your garden. Many beneficial plants are ornamental and will also add color and diversity to your garden.

Calendula

Beneficial Insects

Insectary Plants 

 

Various predators and parasitoids
(i.e. wormwood)

Composites

Artemisia spp.

Artichoke

Asters

Calendulas

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Chrysanthemum spp.

Dandelion

Endive

Feverfew

Jerusalem Artichoke

Lettuce

Marigolds

Salsify

Sow Thistle

Sunflowers

Tansy

Yarrows

Zinnias

 
 

Various predators 

Umbellifers as Beneficial Insectary Plants

Caraway

Carrots

Celeriac

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Cumin

Dill

Fennel

Parsley

Parsnips

Queen Anne's Lace

Wild Carrot

(Daucus carota)



Assassin Bugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bigeyed Bug Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

 

 

 

 

Braconid Wasp





















Other Possible Beneficial Insectary Plants

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Camphorweed (Hetertheca subaxillaris)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Mexican Tea (Chenopodium ambrosioides)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

   

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Mexican Tea (Chenopodium ambrosioides)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

 

California Coffeberry
(Rhamnus californica)

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Ivy (Hedera spp.)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Soapbark Tree (Quillaja saponaria)

Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

White Mustard (Brassica hirta)

Angelica
Angelica make beautiful beneficial insectary plants

Digger Wasp
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

 

Encarsia formosa

 

 

 

 

Fiery Searcher
Flower Fly

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Lacewing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground Beetle

 

 

 

 

 

Ichneumon Wasp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Beetles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minute Pirate Bug

Angelica spp.

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.)

California Coffeberry (Rhamnus
californica)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Ivy (Hedera spp.)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Saltbush (Atriplex spp.)

White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba)

  

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

Yarrow (Achillea spp.)

  

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila inignis)

Flower Fly Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila inignis)

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.)

California Coffeberry (Rhamnus
californica)

Candytuft (Iberis umbellata)

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Cosmos spp.

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Marigolds

Meadow Foam(Limnanthes douglasii)

Morning Glory (Convolvulus minor)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Silver Lace Vine (Polygonum aubertii)

Snowberry Symphoricarpos spp.)

Soapbark Tree (Quillaja saponaria)

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

 

Angelica spp.

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Red Cosmos

Soapbark Tree (Quillaja saponaria)

Tansy

Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis) 

 

Camphorweed (Hetertheca subaxillaris)

Evening Primrose (Oenther laciniata and (O. biennis)

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Logs (to hide under)

Pigweed (Amaranthus spp.)

 

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

California Coffeberry (Rhamnus
californica)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Soapbark Tree (Quillaja saponaria)

Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

White Mustard (Brassica hirta)

 

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Angelica spp.

California Coffeberry (Rhamnus
californica)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Marigolds

Mexican Tea (Chenopodium ambrosioides)

Morning Glory (Convolvulus minor)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

Soapbark Tree (Quillaja saponaria)

Yarrow (Achillea spp.)

 

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Clover
Clovers fix nitrogen and are also beneficial insectary plants

Parasitic Wasps

Wasp on flower
 Photographer: Jon Sullivan.

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Angelica spp.

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.)

California Coffeberry (Rhamnus
 californica)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

Ivy (Hedera spp.)

Mediterranean umble (Bupleurum
  fruticosum)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Saltbush (Atriplex spp.)

Soapbark Tree (Quillaja saponaria)

Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

White Mustard (Brassica hirta)

White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba)

Yarrow (Achillea spp.)

Pennsylvania Leatherwing

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Potter Wasp

Angelica spp.

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Ivy (Hedera spp.)

Mediterranean umble (Bupleurum fruticosum)

Saltbush (Atriplex spp.)

Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Praying Mantids

Cosmos spp.

Raspberries and other brambles

Soldier Beetle 

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Tachinid Flies

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.)

California Coffeberry (Rhamnus
californica)

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis)

Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Ivy (Hedera spp.)

Mediterranean umble (Bupleurum fruticosum)

Silver Lace Vine (Polygonum aubertii)

Snowberry Symphoricarpos spp.)

White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba)

Tiger Beetle

Camphorweed (Hetertheca subaxillaris)

Evening Primrose (Oenther laciniata
and (O. biennis)

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

Pigweed (Amaranthus spp.)

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)

California Buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.)

California Coffeberry (Rhamnus)

Dill

Goldenrod (noneago altissima)

White Mustard (Brassica hirta)

Yellow Jacket

Ivy (Hedera spp.)

White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba)


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