Anne of Green Gardens: Beneficial Insects
From the web site:
Beneficial insect is a broad term used to refer to any type of critter in your garden that pollinates flowers and/or eats other critters that harm garden plants. Included among beneficials are spiders, crustaceans (pillbugs, milipides and sowbugs) and opiliones.
It?s important to recognize beneficial insects and spiders in their various life stages, as eggs, larvae and adults, so you don?t inadvertently squish them. Examples of beneficial insects are assassin bugs, spiders, praying mantids, opiliones, lacewings, ladybird beetles, bees, most wasps, moths, butterflies, and many types of flies.
It may surprise you to read that many wasps and flies are beneficial insects. Most wasps cannot sting and are actually predatory pollinators that prey on garden pests. Many flies are pollinators that help produce food and flowers in your garden.
Posted April 27, 2018 at 12:14 PM