Melinda's Garden Moment: Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
forces with nature and increase garden productivity, while keeping garden pests
Honeybees pollinate our flowers, are
essential for much of our food production and plant reproduction. But other insects like the hummingbird moth
do the same. Many garden flowers like
bee balm and phlox help bring them to your garden.
a few plants to attract predatory insects to your landscape. Dill and its relatives
attract parasitic wasps; coreopsis brings in the aphid-eating lacewings; and
milkweed attracts lady beetles as well as monarch butterflies. Add some hyssop
to attract the pirate bugs that eat thrips, spider mites and leafhoppers and
members of the aster family to attract spiders that eat a variety of insects.
avoid pesticides that kill both the good and bad insects in the garden.
The small Trichogramma wasp helps keep harmful caterpillars like cabbage worms
under control. The adult lays its eggs
in the caterpillar eggs, preventing the caterpillar eggs from hatching and
feeding on the plants. These wasps also
attack gypsy moths, tomato hornworm, cutworms, codling moths, armyworms, corn
borers, fruitworms, and cane borers.