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Beneficial Insects

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There are a large variety of beneficial insects that include ladybugs, honey bees, mantises, butterflies, ants and soldier beetles. There are many other varieties of beneficial beetles and wasps that eat pests. Other beneficial insects are pollinators that include honey bees and butterflies. Wasps are pollinators as well. Pollinators help increase vegetables, fruits and seeds.

Many can be gently touched, like ladybugs. Some beneficial insects are poisonous or sting, like bees.  Some beneficial insects can be predators like the mantises and ladybugs.  Some even live in the soil, such as ants. Even though butterflies pollinate the plants we need, their caterpillars that turn into butterflies eat our crops.

Insects benefit the plants we like and use. You can attract beneficial insects by planting certain types of plants and flowers. Many places sell beneficial insects that you can purchase for your garden or yard.

Beneficial insects help our garden and farm. They pollinate plants, collect garbage, help the soil and eat pests.


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