Meet the Beneficial Insects

Let Mother Nature handle your pest control.

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Awesome beneficial insect—lacewing larva
Lacewing Larva
Awesome beneficial insect—lacewing
Adult Lacewing

2. Lacewings
Pale green or brown lacewing adults have distinctive large, veined wings and feed mainly on flower nectar. Lacewing larvae, however, are voracious predators that feed on aphids, thrips, scales, moth eggs, small caterpillars and mites.

Photos
Adult: Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org
Larva: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

 
The hover fly or syrphid fly is a beneficial garden insect.
The hover fly or syrphid fly is a beneficial garden insect.

3. Hover Flies, aka flower flies or syrphid flies
Adults look like small bees with striped abdomens; the grayish or greenish slug- like larvae have pointed heads. Flower flies are attracted to flowers to feed on nectar and pollen. The larvae feed on aphids in tight places where other good bugs can't go, and are especially helpful in early spring, before other beneficial insects are active. Flower flies also pollinate strawberries and raspberries, producing larger fruits and higher yields.

Photos:
Adult: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Larva: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Bugwood.org

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