Top 10 Beneficial Insects for the Garden

Top 10 beneficial insects and how to attract them to the garden.


The ground beetle is a beneficial insect in the garden.

Ground Beetles

The nocturnal ground beetle is a voracious predator of slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage maggots, and other pests that live in your garden’s soil. One beetle larva can eat more than 50 caterpillars! Plant perennials among garden plants for stable habitats, or white clover as a groundcover in orchards.  


The lacewing is a beneficial insect in the garden.


Both adult lacewings and their larvae eat aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, scales, thrips, and whiteflies. Angelica, coreopsis, cosmos, and sweet alyssum will bring lacewings to your garden.  

Photo credit: Frank Peairs, Colorado State University,


The lady beetle is a beneficial insect in the garden.

Lady Beetles

Adult lady beetles eat aphids, mites, and mealybugs, and their hungry larvae do even more damage to garden pests. Plant angelica, coreopsis, dill, fennel, and yarrow to attract them.