We mostly stereotype that insects are synonymous to pests. But did you know that some are actually helpful in your garden, and can even lure away the real pests? Well, here are 7 insects you should consider having in your yard:
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1. Bumble Bees
Ever watched “Bee Movie”? Well, they are the primary stars in that film. In reality, these insects are also considered nature’s most industrious pollinator. By carrying large baskets of pollen in their hind legs, they help in facilitating one of the most important process in our ecosystem: pollination.
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2. Green Lacewing
This helpful insect aids in two things: during its larval stage, it is known to consume problem insects and is said to consume 200 aphids in a week, and during its adult stage, it’s feeding on nectar and pollen. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone, by having them in your garden!
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3. Praying mantis
This green insect is known to strike its prey by grasping them using its thick front legs lined with spikes. Its preys include the good and the bad insects though, including wasps and bees.
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4. Soldier Bug
This voracious predator is common throughout the United States. By predating its prey with a harpoon-like proboscis, and sucking out its bodily fluids, this insect is a great help in removing pests such as caterpillars, cabbage worms, flea beetles, and even beet army worms.
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5. Spider mite predator
This insect is particularly effective in indoor gardens. Once distributed, they reside in the underside of leaves where mostly pest mites congregate.
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6. Mealybug destroyer
True to its name, this small beetle is known to prey on soft-scaled insects, as well as mealybugs. They are brought to the USA by Australians who used them to control the citrus mealybug outbreak.
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7. Lady beetles
Most known as lady bugs, these predators spend their lives feeding on aphids, mites, and any insect eggs they can find. If you have plants that have source of pollen and nectar, this beneficial insect would most probably stay in your garden.