While some insects can wreak havoc on your garden, others can actually help it stay healthy.

Earthworm

Earthworm

Benefits: Earthworms aerate the soil, allowing water in and room for the roots to grow. Castings (earthworm feces) naturally fertilize the soil.


Ladybug

Ladybug

Benefits: In its larvae stage, the ladybug feeds on aphids, other small insects, and insect eggs. Ladybugs also pollinate flowering plants.


Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing

Benefits: These insects prey on aphids, mites, and other soft-bodied pests.


Parasitic Wasp

Parasitic Wasp

Benefits: These insects parasitize (infest or live on) cutworms, hornworms, grubs, and other caterpillars. In the photo above, parasitic wasp eggs are attached to a tomato hornworm (see Harmful Insects).

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