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Beneficial Insects and Plants That Attract Them (part two)


Trichogramma wasps lay their eggs in the eggs of moths (hungry caterpillars-to-be), killing them and turning them black.


Plants that attract parasitic mini-wasps:


Achillea filipendulina Fern-leaf yarrow


Achillea millefolium Common yarrow


Allium tanguticum Lavender globe lily


Anethum graveolens Dill


Anthemis tinctoria Golden marguerite


Astrantia major Masterwort


Callirhoe involucrata Purple poppy mallow


Carum Carvi Caraway


Coriandrum sativum Coriander


Cosmos bipinnatus Cosmos white sensation


Daucus Carota Queen Anne's lace


Foeniculum vulgare Fennel


Limonium latifolium Statice


Linaria vulgaris Butter and eggs


Lobelia erinus Edging lobelia


Lobularia maritima Sweet alyssum - white


Melissa officinalis Lemon balm


Mentha pulegium Pennyroyal


Petroselinum crispum Parsley


Potentilla recta 'warrenii' Sulfur cinquefoil


Potentilla villosa Alpine cinquefoil


Sedum kamtschaticum Orange stonecrop


Tagetes tenuifolia Marigold - lemon gem


Tanacetum vulgare Tansy


Thymus serpylum coccineus Crimson thyme


Zinnia elegans Zinnia – liliput



Tachinid Flies


The Tachinid flies are parasites of caterpillars (corn earworm, imported cabbage worm, cabbage looper, cutworms, armyworms), stink bug, squash bug nymphs, beetle and fly larvae, some true bugs, and beetles. The adults are 1/3 to 1/2 inch long. Larvae are internal parasites, that feed on the body of the within host, sucking its body the fluids out until the pest dies. Its white eggs are deposited on foliage or on the body of the host. Below, the Tachinid Fly is approaching the larvae of an elm leaf beetle.

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Plants that attract Tachinid Flies:


Anthemis tinctoria Golden marguerite


Fagopyrum esculentum Buckwheat


Melissa officinalis Lemon balm


Mentha pulegium Pennyroyal

Phacelia tanacetifolia Phacelia


Tanacetum vulgare Tansy


Thymus serpyllum coccineus Crimson thyme


Petroselinum crispum Parsley






Tiny (1/20 inch long) bugs that feed on almost any small insect or mite, including thrips, aphids, mites, scales, whiteflies and soft-bodied arthropods, but are particularly attracted to thrips in spring.


DAMSEL BUGS (Nabis spp.)


Feed on aphids, leafhoppers, plant bugs, and even small caterpillars as adults and nymphs (teenagers). They are usually dull brown and resemble other plant bugs that are pests. Their heads are usually longer and narrower then most plant feeding species (the better to eat with).



BIG EYED BUGS (Geocoris spp.)


Small (1/4 inch long), grayish-beige, oval shaped) bugs with large eyes that feed on many small insects (e.g., leaf hoppers, spider mites), insect eggs, and mites, as both nymphs and adults. Eggs are football shaped, whitish-gray with red spots.


Plants that attract minute pirate bugs, damsel bugs and big eyed bugs:

Carum Carvi Caraway


Cosmos bipinnatus Cosmos - white sensation


Foeniculum vulgare Fennel


Medicago sativa Alfalfa


Mentha spicata Spearmint


Solidago virgaurea Peter Pan goldenrod


Tagetes tenuifolia Marigold - lemon gem



A few tips to help you keep the beneficial insects happy and working in your yard:


1.    By using a wide variety of plants you will be able to keep your area. You will be able to keep your Good Bug Haven attractive and provide them with beneficial nectar and pollen to keep them strong and healthy when they get hungry.

2.    When planting your beds of beneficial bug plants, give them some room to breathe by placing them in at least 4 foot X 4 foot area.  This configuration helps to optimize the amount of Good Bugs that you can attract.


3.    Use as little bug spray as possible or just wash the bad ones off with a spray from your garden hose.  Be sure that you are using horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps so that you can minimize the collateral damage to the Good Bugs.


Being more involved with your garden on a regular basis will give you a step up with your battle against the harmful bugs in your yard.  Enjoy the fruits of your labor with the knowledge that you did it organically!


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Posted 2016-04-15T21:58:38+0000  by Rick_HD_OC Rick_HD_OC