Good Bug posters/info sheets
One of my favourite subjects to talk about is beneficial insects. These are sometimes loosely called good bugs, even though they’re not all bugs. Bugs suck, so that often means pests. There are a few predatory bugs which also prey on other pests.
Below are the small posters I have made about some of the more common beneficial insects we may find in the garden.
Each insect or animal below has a fact sheet available by clicking on the appropriate link.
Though tiny, aphids do a lot of damage to plants. Luckily there are a wide range of beneficial insects which can control them.
The aphid fact sheet is here.
Cabbage white butterflies
The most commonly seen butterfly in most gardens, cabbage whites eat all types of Brassica, including kale, cabbages, broccoli and Chinese veges.
*Cabbage white butterflies fact sheet
Green vegetable bugs (GVB)
These little bugs damage tomatoes and beans with their piercing mouth parts.
Green vege bugs information and how to control them, here.
Hoverflies are ubiquitous, the love flowers of many kinds. They provide an excellent service of pest control in the form of their larvae, which eat many kinds of tiny pests on plants.
*Lacewings are beautiful little insects. Their young eat many pests ands their eggs.
Everybody knows the ladybird. Not everyone knows that they are an excellent pest control insect, too. They and their young control aphids and other pesky pests.
While these fellows can be a bit scary, if you don’t disturb them, they are quite good buddies for the garden. They control the cabbage white and other pest species of caterpillars.
These many species of wasps lay their eggs within the eggs of other insects.
Slaters and pillbugs
These must be one of the first bugs people meet. They have their use but do get a bit annoying if you have too much mulch.
More info on slaters-pillbugs-ipm here.
Slugs n snails
*Slugs n snails-ipm info here.