Category Archives: Beneficial Insects

December 1, 2015

Attracting beneficial insects to your garden


As National Pollinator week comes to a close, I thought it fitting to do a post on planting gardens to attract the good guys; the garden guardians. These guys are the free workers in the garden. They do not need to be paid nor do they complain they just get on with their lives. What you can do is make their life comfortable so that the conditions are right for them to make your garden their home. I have to admit I am fascinated by insects. I often wonder how such small creatures can have amazing adaptations to escape predators, such strange mating rituals and how a few extra spots can make all the difference.

At school I make a big point to my students, not to kill anything without permission. It sounds fierce I know, but it is mainly referring to spiders and native bees that may actually be mistaken for flies. I always ask my students if they like mosquitos and flies and they usually say no, then I say well don’t kill the spiders as they help control the nasties.
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