14 Beneficial Insects

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Not all insects harm your plants or crops, some of them are good to protect your plants from pests. Following is the list of 14 of those beneficial insects, their significant population helps control pests by feeding on them, they help reduce chemical pesticides expenses also. Their presence will be in jeopardy if spray is done to control harmful insects. Harmful insects can develop resistance against pesticides, but not against these 14 beneficial insects:


1. Ladybug

Scientific name: Coccinellidae Preys: aphids, whitefly, mites, fleas, Colorado potato beetle

2. Praying Mantis

Preys: wide range including caterpillars, moths, beetles, and crickets

3. Spiders

Preys: wide range including bed bugs, aphids, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and fruit flies

4. Ground Beetles

Preys: slugs, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetles, cutworms

5. Aphid Midges

Preys: aphids

6. Braconid Wasps

Preys: tobacco hornworm, tomato hornworm, caterpillars, aphids

7. Damsel Bugs

Preys: caterpillars, mites, aphids, potato beetles, cabbage worms

8. Green Lacewings

Scientific name: Chrysoperla carnea Preys: aphids, whitefly, leafhopper, mealybugs, caterpillars of pest moths

9. Minute Pirate Bugs

Preys: spider mites, insect eggs, caterpillars, aphids, thrips

10. Soldier Beetles

Preys: grasshoppers eggs, aphids, soft-bodied insects

11. Tachinid Flies

Preys: gypsy moths, Japanese beetles, cutworms, squash bugs

12. Hoverflies

Preys: aphids, scale insects, caterpillars

13. Mealybug Destroyer

Preys: mealybugs (not all species)

14. Predatory Mites

Preys: spider mites