Three Essential Garden Insects

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Three Essential Garden Insects

There are thousands of insects that could potentially be lurking in your garden space & many of these bugs are quite pesky. Weevils, beetles & aphids are just some of the culprits that may be guilty of causing a host of issues during plant growth, budding, blossoming & the fruiting process. It’s important to have a consistent procedure in place in order to address potential problems associated with these bugs to insure flowers thrive & vegetable harvests are blemish-free & plentiful. However, there are plenty of good insects you may want to see buzzing about your outdoor space. Butterflies, moths & bees have the potential to add lovely interest as well as many benefits to gardens. Over the next few weeks, learn how to spot them, about their particular qualities & ways to attract them.

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How To Attract The Right Garden Insects

From spring to fall, it isn’t uncommon to see a flutter of activity buzzing about gardens. Butterflies, moths & bees offer many benefits ranging from pollination to beautiful, floating color. Within each category, there are many different types that may distinctly be identified. Learn about some of the essential creatures you may be seeing right this very minute.

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Garden insects naturally gravitate towards bold, bright flowers such as Nanho Blue Buddleia or Nanho Purple Buddleia, New Gold Lantana, Narrow-Leaf Gold Star Zinnia, Black & Blue Salvia plus many other plants. Having them on the grounds is one way to ensure they RSVP & accept attendance. 

No. 1

Butterflies

Butterflies & moths are members of the large order, Leipidoptera, within it there are many sub categories one being the super family, Papilionnoidea. It, in turn, contains many species including Hespiriidae & the Papilionidae. Metamorphosis illustrates the lifecycle of butterflies & moths from the egg to the larva, more commonly known as caterpillars, then on to the pupa or chrysalis where the transformation actively takes place & finally on to the winged butterfly or moth that emerges once complete. One of the main characteristics that keep butterflies masked from prey such as birds & wasps, is by way of mimicry. Their natural coloration & markings often help to keep them camouflaged by appearing to look like leaves or other vegetation when perched upon flowers & plants only to reveal their true identity when they flutter away. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly is a prevalent insect belonging to the Papilionidae family. We’ll look further into this beautiful creature & the different colorations that may be spotted in your own garden spaces. 

No. 2

Moths

Sphingidae is a family that falls under the higher classification known as Leipidoptera. It boasts over 1400 species of moths ranging from sphinx & hawk moths to hornworms. Known to be some of the most agile insects, they have the capability to hover whilst feeding on the nectar of flowers without the need to perch. Moths can vary greatly in appearance from simple to quite magnificent in coloration, size & wingspan. The approximate lifecycle lasts between 10 & 30 days.

No. 3

Bees

 Bees, in general, have long been the prized insects responsible for the pollination of crops that provide reliable food sources for humans & animals alike. Depending on the species, bees may fall under the category of either solitary in nature or cooperative. Carpenter bees are an example of a solitary bee that is known as an excellent pollinator while honey bees & bumblebees participate in a more complex eusocial community. Honey bee colonies are created by swarms consisting of a queen & workers. Many times they will establish nests in hollow tree trunks. We will explore the vital role bees play in your garden’s ecosystem.

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2 Responses to Three Essential Garden Insects

  1. Julie September 11, 2020 at 8:23 am #

    Very informative & beautiful pictures. I’m constantly struggling with the bad ones in my garden– aphids! Do you have a solution? Thank you Rebecca!

    • Rebecca Gordon September 14, 2020 at 7:34 am #

      Hi Julie, Thanks for the kind words. I understand, aphids are rather prevalent in most gardens. Although many people have issues with them congregating on roses & munching on the sap from new growth, they can also be found on many other plants & can be quite destructive. Aphids range in color from green & red to yellow, brown & black depending on the host plant they cling to. You may use a commercial insecticide to control them, however be certain that if it is to be cross-used on edibles such as tomatoes, that it’s safe for food plants designed for consumption. I prefer to prepare a spray bottle with a little mild dish soap & water that works quite well to control them & other garden pests. Simply spray the leaves as necessary to irradicate them & check in from time to time to be certain that haven’t returned. I hope that helps! Thanks again for dropping in & good luck!

      Sincerely, Rebecca

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