Saturday, October 4, 2014

Attracting Beneficial Insects

Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects: A really useful,article here to assist in choosing plants that attract beneficial insects. We currently have the following:-

  • Taraxacum of´Čücinale — Dandelion - attracts lacewings, ladybugs
  • Coriandrum sativum — Coriander - attracts lacewings, ladybugs, hoverflies
  • Foeniculum vulgare – Fennel - attracts lacewings, ladybugs, hoverflies, trichogramma wasps, pirate bugs, damsel bugs and big eyed bugs
  •  Achillea millefolium — Common yarrow - attracts ladybugs, hoverflies, trichogramma wasps,
  •  Chrysanthemum parthenium — Feverfew - attracts hoverflies,
  • Lavandula angustifolia — English lavender - attracts hoverflies,
  • Lobularia maritima — Sweet alyssum white - attracts hoverflies, trichogramma wasps
  • Mentha pulegium — Pennyroyal - attracts -hoverflies, trichogramma wasps, tachnid flies
The importance of having bird baths is also mentioned, we have four in the front garden and none in the back garden so should probably get some for the back too. We do not spray any pesticides and have noticed many of these bugs, increasingly over the years, this is a reminder of where we are at now and what we can do to keep improving.

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