Beneficial Insects for Your Garden: Bugs to Help Control Pests

Ladybugs aren't the only ones that can help control pests in your garden. Learn more about other beneficial insects, including green lacewings, trichogramma wasps, and ambush bugs (among others), as well as what to plant to attract them.



Green Lacewing
A delicate insect, the green lacewing feeding on pollen or nectar gives no clue as to the voracious appetite of its larvae, which make one of the best garden predators in existence for aphids, spider mites, mealybugs, leafhoppers, thrips, or even corn earworm and other caterpillar eggs.
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Ladybugs, who may be responsible for the entire concept of biological pest control.
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A Nematode worm investigating the back of a meal mite. Some 80,000 species of Nematode are known.
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Lacewing Larva, Exposed
When the plant debris camouflage is removed, the green lacewing larva's bizarre appearance is revealed.
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Tiger beetles can grow up to an inch long and feed on many other kinds of insects and spiders.
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Lacewing Larva, Camouflaged
Green lacewing larva, disguised in plant debris camouflage.
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A Tachnid fly resting on a summer squash flower. They are among the most important North American pest-control parasite.
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A wasp eating cabbage-moth larva. Their size (often over one inch long) and their bright, contrasting markings make them hard to miss.
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