Top 10 Beneficial Insects for the Garden

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

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The minute pirate bug is a beneficial insect in the garden.Minute Pirate Bugs

The quick-moving, black-and-white patterned minute pirate bugs will attack almost any insect. Goldenrods, daisies, alfalfa, and yarrow will attract these bugs.

Photo credit: Bradley Higbee, Paramount Farming, Bugwood.org

 

 

The soldier beetle is a beneficial insect in the garden.

Soldier Beetles

The soldier beetle feeds on aphids, caterpillars, and other insects, including harmless and beneficial species. Attract this flying insect by planting catnip, goldenrod, and hydrangea.  

Photo credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

 

 

The spined soldier bug is a beneficial insect in the garden.

Spined Soldier Bug

The spined soldier bug’s pointed “shoulders” distinguish it from the peskier stink bug. Plant permanent beds of perennials to provide shelter for this predator of hairless caterpillars and beetle larvae.  

Photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

 

 

The tachinid fly is a beneficial insect in the garden.

Tachinid Flies

Tachinid fly larvae burrow their way into many caterpillars, destroying these garden pests from the inside. Plant dill, parsley, sweet clover, and other herbs to attract adult flies.

Photo credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

Learn more about how to attract beneficial insects to the garden.

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