Beneficial Insects



Preys On

Attracted By

Aphid Midges

Image Aphid Midges




Most pollen & nectar rich plants

A source of water 


Image Bees


Alyssum, Cosmos, Queen Anne’s Lace, Calendula, Daisies, Yarrow, Dill, Pineapple Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Oregano, Basil, Parsley


Image Butterflies


Allium, Goldenrod, Lavender, Mint, Viola, Sage, Snapdragon, Zinnia

Damsel Bugs

Image Damsel Bugs

Caterpillars, Mites, Aphids, Thrips, Leafhoppers, Corn Earworm, Diamondback Moth & Moth Larvae

Caraway, Fennel, Alfalfa, Spearmint, Goldenrod, Cosmos, Alfalfa, Marigold-'Lemon Gem' 


Image Dragonflies


Mosquitoes, Moths, Fungas Gnats, Flies, Beetles

A water source


Ground Beetles

Image Ground Beetles

Slugs, Caterpillars, Cabbage Worms, Cabbage Loopers, Ants, Cutworms, Cabbage Root Maggots, Corn Earworms.

Will even eat other beetles such as the Asparagus Beetle & Potato Beetle. 

Evening Primrose, Amaranthus, Clover, Leaf Litter, Compost Heaps


Image Hoverflies


Aphids, Scale Insects, Caterpillars, Thrips

Yarrow, Dill, Caraway, Coriander, Cosmos, Queen Anne's Lace, Fennel, English Lavender, Sweet Alyssum, Lemon Balm, Spearmint, Parsley


Image Lacewings


Aphids, Whitefly, Leafhopper Nymphs, Mealybugs, Small Caterpillars, Mites, Armyworm Eggs. Will also attack the eggs of most pests. 

Dill, Angelica, Coriander, Dandelion, Fennel, Caraway, Queen Anne's Lace, Yarrow


Image Ladybugs

Aphids, Whitefly, Mites, Fleas, Scale Insects, Mealy bugs. Ladybugs also feed on the Asparagus Beetle eggs, Leafhopper Nymphs, Moth Eggs (Cabbage Looper, Cabbage Worm), Potato Beetle Larvae, Psyllid, Armyworm Eggs. 

Also feeds on Powdery Mildew- a common fungal disease which affects plants.

Dill, Dandelion, Yarrow, Angelica, Goldenrod, Coriander, Fennel, Queen Anne's Lace, Marigold- Lemon Gem

Mealybug Destroyers

Image Mealybug Destroyers


Fennel, Dill, Angelica, Sunflower, Goldenrod

Minute Pirate Bugs

Image Minute Pirate Bugs

Spider Mites, Caterpillars, Aphids, Thrips, Psyllids, Soft Bodied Arthropods & Insects, Corn Earworm, Armyworm Larvae 

Caraway, Fennel, Alfalfa, Spearmint, Goldenrod, Marigold-'Lemon Gem', Yarrow, Daises, Queen Anne's Lace 

Parasitic Wasps

Image Parasitic Wasps


Tomato Hornworm, Caterpillars, Aphids, Corn Earworm, Beetle Larvae, Cabbage Worm, Cabbage Looper, Potato Beetle, Cucumber Beetles, Cutworms, Japanese Beetles, Leafminers, Mealybugs, Mexican Bean Beetles, Sawfly Larvae, Scale Insects, Squash Vine Borers, Armyworm

Yarrow, Dill, Lemon Balm, Parsley, Caraway, Coriander, Queen Anne's Lace, Fennel, Sweet Alyssum, Thyme, Marigold-'Lemon Gem', Allium, Goldenrod, Zinnia

Praying Mantis

Image Praying Mantis

Caterpillars, Moths, Beetles, Crickets, Aphids, Leafhoppers, Mosquitoes, Flies

Raspberry Canes, Angelica, Yarrow, Dill, Fennel, Caraway

Predatory Mites

Image Predatory Mites

Spider Mite, Two-Spotted Mite, Thrips

Common Mint, Spearmint

Any plants which are susceptible to pest mites.

Soldier Beetles

Image Soldier Beetles

Grasshopper Eggs, Aphids, Soft-Bodied Insects, Moths, Corn Earworm 

Goldenrod, Zinnia, Marigold, Daisies, Alfalfa, Yarrow, Fennel


Image Spiders

Aphids, Roaches, Grasshoppers, Mosquitoes, Fruit Flies, Flies, Beetles 

Tall Plants, Mulches, Trees

Tachinid Flies

Image Tachinid Flies


Moths, Japanese Beetles, Cutworms, Squash Bugs, Grasshoppers, Cabbage Loopers, Armyworms, Sawflly Larvae, Codling Moths, Caterpillars, Squash Bugs

Dill, Coriander, Buckwheat, Caraway, Queen Anne's Lace, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Spearmint, Parsley, Goldenrod, Marigold, Clover