Beneficial Bugs Library
It's amazing how nature has a way of dealing with problems and pests in the environment. These beneficial insects prey on those insects that harm the plants and crops in our gardens, our fields and our lawns.
Green Lacewings are often purchased and released by farmers and gardeners for natural control of aphids, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, psyllids, thrips, whiteflies and other destructive pests.
The favorite foods of ladybugs include aphids, spider mites and mealybugs as well as the eggs of some insects. A ladybug will devour thousands of aphids in its lifetime!
Parasitic wasps are tiny wasps that attack, paralyze and kill many kinds of insect pests. These wasps do not sting like other wasps, and most are so tiny, they can go completely unnoticed in your garden!
Just about every mantis out there is an expert ambush hunter that uses camouflage to help disguise it before it strikes. The Spiny Flower Mantis takes it one step further with a set of thorny spikes and startling eye spots. The result? One of the toughest looking bugs you'll ever see!