Beneficial insects are something you want, because in any
backyard or small farm ecosystem, it is important to
welcome all life forms as much as possible. Even though Ants
herd and spread Aphids,
they also destroy Fruit fly, Housefly larvae and many other
harmful insect pests, and keep the garden
clear of much debris. Many Wasps parasitize
pests such as Aphids and grubs.
Toads eat Earwigs,
and other pests (up to 10,000 in three months). Yet for toads to be
successful in your garden they need hiding places away from cultivated
Many birds consume insect pests by the hundreds in a single
day. I always look forward to our Cliff Swallows retuning to our
property each year, because any flying insect is pretty much lunch.
It's amazing how active they are at catching insects in mid-air… all
Even the tiny Bat is our friend in the garden or farm and
should be encouraged to stay. A Bat will consume 1,000 Mosquitoes in a
single night and is harmless to animals and humans.
The Secret to Attracting Beneficial Insects to your Organic
The secret to attracting the beneficial insects is simple, biodiversity.
Along side your vegetables grow
as many flowering perennials as you can. Mix it up. Also,
something I believe will be taught and talked about in the coming
future will be planting more plants that are native to your area.
When you have favorable insects evolving for thousands of
years on native flora, then to me, it makes sense to continue that
process by planting native plants in and around your organic garden
that will attract, feed and house these favorable insects. Natives also
require significantly less water and little or no fertilizer.
Successfully utilizing insect predators and parasitoids as a
biological control is also achieved through conservation
Learn about the plants you can grow in your garden to attract Beneficial Insectary
Insects Beneficial to your Organic Garden
Bean Beetles, Colorado
Potato Beetles, Leafhoppers,
Flies: the larvae
are parasites (parasitic)
on other insects' larvae and pupae
Blister Beetles, immature bugs,
Wasp: various caterpillars or aphids
Wasp: external parasites
Searcher: soft- bodied larvae,
Fly: aphids, mealybugs,
Lacewing: various larvae,
and the eggs of other insects
Beetle: FIERCE predator
of many kinds of slugs
Pirate Bug: Aphids, Spider
Mites, and thrips.
eggs, Cucumber Beetles, and a variety of Caterpillars.
Wasp: paralyzed Cankerworms
and other insects.
aphids, beetles, Bugs,
flies, bees, wasps, Caterpillars.
Mites (egg, larvae, pupae, and adult) and Thrips.
inside the eggs of other insects.
Beetle: larvae feed during the day on many
plant eating insects.
Jacket: small insects.
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