Beneficial Insects in the Garden

By rsweets@tds.net (Robin Sweetser) Here’s a short list of great beneficial insects with pictures—and with tips on attracting these good bugs to your garden.

The average backyard is home to thousands of insects. Only about a tenth of these are destructive. Most are either beneficial or harmless. Beneficials fall into three categories:

Pollinators: we depend on these insects to pollinate our fruits and vegetables.
Predators: they eliminate pests by eating them.
Parasitizers: they lay their eggs on or in the bad bugs. When the… more

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