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11 Garden Bugs You Should Never Kill (Or Harm)

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Bugs may not be the most adored insects in our garden, but some of them are a must if we want to have healthy plants. Some of them help us with pest control, others pollinate the crops, while a few bugs are simply uninvited, harmless guests that come and go as they please. Here are the most common garden bugs you should never kill or harm!

1. Bees

Bees are on top of the list for a reason – they are indispensable to our planet! Although they are not technically a bug, it is important to know that you should never seek to eliminate bees from your garden. Many people chase them away on the false belief that they sting. In fact, all they do is pollinate flowers, and they love lavender and chives, among others.



2. Hoverflies

Hoverflies resemble the bee, and they have two main roles in the health of our garden. Firstly, they pollinate crops and, secondly, they are also meat-eaters. In other words, hoverflies also help to keep the pest population under control. If you want to bring these insects to your garden, you should plant more orchids.

3. Praying Mantis

If you find praying mantis in your garden, you should always protect it! It is a highly skilled killer that is instantly attracted by all of your pests, including flies, grubs, grasshoppers, and even crickets, among others. The praying mantis preys on plant-eating bugs, and they are attracted by dill.



4. Aphid Midges

Aphid midges eat more than 60 types of aphids (sap-sucking insects) as their honeydew attracts them. These bugs lay yellow eggs on your plant’s leaves that hatch into aphid-loving larvae. Larvae eat more than 50 aphids each day for a week, after which they reach maturity and go inside the soil, without harming your garden or your crops.

5. Ladybugs

Ladybugs are some of the most adorable bugs in our gardens. Apart from the delicate look, they love mites and many types of other bugs. Ladybugs are the sign of a healthy ecosystem, helping you to eliminate dozens of insects, including lice. Many experienced gardeners buy ladybugs and add them to their plants on purpose.



6. Butterflies

Apart from the exciting look and harmless behavior, butterflies are necessary because they help plant growth and fertilization. Liatris attracts some butterfly species. Make sure your nurture and protect them to support the health of your garden.

7. Ground Beetle

Ground beetles are skilled nocturnal killers that feast on harmful bugs and other insects that eat your plants. As the name suggests, they do not fly much, so you can find them in your compost pile, dirt, and most dark areas. If you find ground beetles, you should never kill them.



8. Green Lacewings

Also known as aphid lions, green lacewing larvae absolutely love aphids. This is one of the best ways of keeping your sap-sucking insect population under control. In addition, marigolds attract adult bugs, so you can plant a few to make sure they visit you and do their work.

9. Dragonflies

Dragonflies come with a stunning look and even more beautiful purpose. This insect eats bad bugs and is not a picky eater. In fact, dragonflies even eat mosquitos and are attracted by ponds or still water. Protect dragonflies in your garden, and you will never have to worry about moths, flies, whiteflies, and even fruit flies, among others.



10. Bumblebees

These large bee-like insects love pollen, and they rarely cause any trouble to us. Their purpose is to pollinate plants, eat plenty of nectar, and usually live inside the soil or hollow trees. Fruit trees attract bumblebees.

11. Minute Pirate Bugs

If you’ve ever had any problems with garden infestations, this is the bug you need to attract before calling the professionals! Despite its tiny size, it feeds on insect eggs, whiteflies, mites, and many more. If there are no insects around, the pirate bugs switch to pollen until better food becomes available again, so you may also find them inside flowers.

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