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Let's talk aboutplant insects, what are the harmful parasitesand which ones, on the other hand, can be useful in the garden and in the vegetable garden.

Theinsectsthey do not nurture our sympathy: there are those who are terrified of finding them in their hair and those who, on the other hand, manage to tolerate them but without sympathizing with them. Let's face it, theinsectsthey certainly don't have the same popularity as wild animals like birds and owls! Yet in the garden they are no less important.

Let's talk aboutplant insects. Let's start with those that are very useful for the garden and for the vegetable garden.

Plant insects

Plant-friendly insects are:

  • Ladybugs
  • The mirids
  • The earwigs
  • The hoverflies

Ladybugs are among theplant insectsmost appreciated. There are even those who wonder abouthow to attract ladybugs to the garden. The reason? Ladybugs feed on aphids, mites and thrips, very harmful plant insects known, popularly, as "plant lice".

Myrids are insects very hated by man: to an inexperienced eye they may seem similar to a cockroach or a bed bug ... but they have very different eating habits and life cycles. The myrids feed on aphids, mites and thrips, just like ladybugs protect the vegetable garden and the garden fromplant lice. In addition, the myrids feed on aleuroididae and moth larvae.

Earwigs are insects much hated by man but they are harmless for the garden. They are omnivorous but prefer to eat aphids, mites and mealybugs. If you have cochineal problems in the garden, avoid removing the earwigs.

Hoverflies are often confused with bees or wasps, yet they have a different body even if the livery is similar. Hoverflies are insects that are completely harmless to humans, they do not have a sting and ... they can also be sociable! If there is a hoverfly flying around in your garden and you try to open your palm, this insect may even approach and land right on your palm! :) I know, maybe the idea of ​​having an insect on you doesn't excite you ... but don't hurt it!

Hoverflies lay eggs near colonies ofaphids: the newly hatched larvae feed on aphids! A single larva can eat up to 500 aphids!

Well, if you were wonderinghow to get rid of plant liceand what are theinsects that eat aphids, you have found the right allies.

Plant insects in the balcony

If you have ornamental plants on your balcony, these can be easily attacked by aphids, spider mites and other plant lice. Again, the insects listed above can be useful allies.

Harmful plant insects

They are not just "good". There are also dangerous insects for plants. “Dangerous” in the sense that they damage blooms, crops and vegetation.

The harmful insectsfor the garden and for the vegetable garden are many. As previously done, also in this case we will report some.

  • Aphids
  • Mites
  • Beetle
  • Cabbage
  • Grillotalpa
  • Cochineal
  • Slugs

Biological struggle is highly underestimated but it is among the natural remedies against plant insectswhich, in the long run, will allow you to "let your guard down". A healthy and well balanced ecosystem will not allow aphids and spider mites to thrive.

The speech is more complex when it comes to larger insects such as the grillotalpa, the cabbage or the beetle. Between these plant insects, we are sure you would welcome the adult stage of the cabbage!

Butterflies (cabbage) are an important environmental indicator, however their caterpillar can feed on vegetable and garden vegetation. Cabbage are yellow butterflies that live in meadows. The cabbage larva (the caterpillar) can cause great damage! How to protect the garden crops and in particular the cabbages? Just do a careful rotation!

Thegrillotalpait's ainsectvery big. 5 cm long. It lives underground and digs tunnels until it reaches fleshy roots and scrapes them.

How to eliminate the grillotalpa?
Thisinsect harmful to plants you fight (unfortunately) with poisoned baits. We advise you not to use any pesticide in the garden. Thenhow to eliminate the grillotalpa?By exploiting numerous traps, similar to those described in the article, to eliminate slugs. Basically, onetrap for the grillotalpait is built by burying a plastic bottle cut and half filled with beer. The bottle should be covered with burlap or old cloth.


Video: 10 Beneficial Insects You Want in the Garden Insect Guide (January 2022).