Beneficial insects can be a great help in the garden but some of them look a bit strange and as though they might do more harm than good. So here are some pictures of the most common ones and the low-down on what they do to help in the garden. Click on any of the pictures for a closer view.
All eat hundreds of aphids (greenfly, blackfly etc)
Photo credits: Ladybird – Thomas G. Moertel, Early stage – Marcus Van Hoorn, Mid stage – fr:Utilisateur:Anthere
The adults pollinate your flowers and vegetables. The larva eat aphids.
Photo credits – Hoverflies by Nigel Jones, Hoverfly larva by Peter Birch
Green Lacewing are not often seen during the day but you can see them at night flitting around outside lights. If you have any of those solar portable garden lights try moving them near to plants infested with aphids and the lacewing will hopefully move on to them, lay eggs which turn into larva and eat all the aphids.
Lacewing larva Photo by Neil Phillips
Photo by Andy Hay
Photo by Walwyn on flickr.com
Photo by Neil Phillips