Enlist Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control

Grow the right flowers to attract these Top 10 beneficial insects to your garden to minimize damage from aphids, caterpillars, flea beetles and other pests.



Braconid Wasp
North America is home to nearly 2,000 species of braconid wasps.
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Hover Or Syrphid Fly
Black-and-yellow-striped hover or syrphid flies resemble yellow jackets but are harmless to humans.
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Ground Beetle
Ground beetles eat asparagus beetles, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, corn earworms, cutworms, slugs, squash vine borers and tobacco budworms.
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Lacewing On Flower
Lacewing larvae prey upon aphids, small caterpillars and caterpillar eggs, other larvae, mealybugs, whiteflies and more.
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Lady Beetle On Plant
Nearly 200 beneficial species of lady beetles exist in North America.
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Predatory Bug On Leaf
The predatory bugs category includes big-eyed (shown here), minute pirate, assasin, damsel and even certain predatory stink bugs.
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Red Soldier Beetle
Adult soldier beetles feed on aphids and other soft-bodied insects, as well as on nectar and pollen.
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Spider On Gravel
All of the more than 3,000 North American species of spiders are predatory.
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Tachinid Fly On Leaf
Most tachinid flies resemble houseflies but with short, bristly hairs on the abdomen.
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Trichogramma Mini Wasp
Tiny trichogramma mini-wasps lay their eggs inside a host's eggs, where the young trichogramma develop as internal parasites.
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