Attracting Beneficial Insects (Under Construction)

Increasing the availability of flowers is often the single most important strategy for increasing the abundance and diversity of beneficial insects. Like pollinators, such as bees, many insect predators and parasitoids feed on flower nectar or pollen during one or more of their life stages. Some predatory insects also feed on pollen as a supplemental source of protein—often when prey insects are in short supply or to increase the number of eggs they can lay. By increasing the availability of flowers, the numbers, longevity, and reproductive potential of beneficial insects is increased.

A succession of blooming flowers on the farm throughout the growing season provides a stable source of food that beneficial insects need in order to thrive as their prey populations rise and fall with time. Many predators and parasitoids will leave a farm if flower availability is low. Habitat with a diversity of flowers can also provide beneficial insects with alternative prey, allowing them to survive when crop pest populations are low.

Below is a list of the beneficial insects and the plants that they are attracted to.

 

 
 
 
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Plants that attract lady beetles (aka ladybugs)

This is a partial list of flowering plants that are known to attract lady beetles.

 

Plants that attract minute pirate bugs

This is a partial list of flowering plants that are known to attract minute pirate bugs.

 

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