Beneficial Insects

Beneficial Insects
Garden plants attract insect pests by the dozens, from aphids to slugs. But before you reach for an insecticide, take another look at the insects in your planting beds.
While the pests are devouring your squash and tomatoes, another wave of insects is coming to the rescue.
Beneficial insects prey on the pests gardeners detest, keeping insect populations in check.
Most of the beautiful adult lacewings feed on pollen, nectar, and honeydew. Green lacewing larvae, however, are voracious predators. Nicknamed “aphid lions,” the larvae do an impressive job of devouring aphids by the dozens. Larvae hunt for soft-bodied prey, using their curved, pointed mandibles to stab their victims.

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