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9 Beneficial Insects

9 Beneficial Insects

We often forget, but many insects are actually our best allies to limit adverse outbreaks, ensure pollination of fruits and vegetables, or decomposing plants in the soil.
Learn the recognize these nine beneficial insects to keep your garden healthy and beautiful year-long.

Bees

bee
Foraging flowers rich in pollen, these insects (not to be confused with wasps) are indispensable in their role as pollinators, whether in the garden or the orchard.
When it comes to urban areas, their presence is not limited to the existence of hives in the neighborhood, inviting bees to feast on flowers. Also embrace solitary wasps who can help out, even if some of them cut, on occasion, a few leaves of your roses.
Let bees prosper in your garden, you won’t regret it.

Spiders

spider
Learn to calm your wrath against spiders in your garden. Aside from the red spider, there is no need to fear the actions of larger spiders.
When it comes to your soil, the number of so-called “scavenger” species contribute to the decomposition of your plant resides, and will provide valuable organic matter to the ground. It is the same for springtails, who always act in a humid environment.
A number of true spiders can prove carnivorous, and will help destroy mosquitoes, flies, winged aphids, such as butterflies or rove beetles. Preserve their cobwebs, and do not mow too early in the season the tall grass where they roost.

Bumblebees

bumblebee
These very hairy wasps feed on pollen and are, in fact, excellent pollinators. They bite humans in case of danger, but not too seriously. They will be great for your plants and flowers.

Beetles

beetle
The nocturnal beetles prospect surface in search of slugs and snails, insect larvae, or aphids.
You can maintain a certain level of population while avoiding chemical treatments. Leave behind plant waste for them to use as food and shelter.

Cetonids

cetonid
You’ll find them feeding or in the heart of large flowers (roses, elderberry, etc.). They love pollen and tasty petals. Maintain a stack of plant waste for their larvae.
The presence of these insects will lead to almost no damage to your garden. It’ll be able to prosper and stay beautiful.

Lacewings

lacewing
These winged insects and slow flight produce larvae that feed on aphids, whiteflies, mites and young caterpillars.

Ladybugs

ladybug
Many ladybug species can be found in your garden. They’re a major consumer of aphids (they can ingest up to 100 a day). They are equally as effective as an adult or larvae. Keep ladybugs in your garden, especially wintering populations. If you don’t keep any, try to release some larvae available in stores.

Earwigs

earwig
These nocturnal insects make their dinner with other small insects, notably caterpillars and aphids, but also young seedlings or buds. Install trap-houses by using pots filled with hay or straw, turned over a stake.

Hoverflies

hoverfly
Available on organic product shelves in the form of larvae, these insects look like small wasps and are the most useful as predators of aphids. They are indeed able to consume up to 700 of them over their lifetime. A truly beneficial insect.

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