What is a Garden ‘Mini’ Insectary?

Have you ever heard of a “Garden Mini Insectary?” It is a small garden placed near or in your regular garden that attracts and hosts beneficial insects. These insects prey upon the many bad insects that prey on your garden. A natural way to control pests, a Garden Mini Insectary assures that you won’t have to use insecticides or other dangerous customers to rid your garden of bad pests.

Anethum Graleolens (Courtesy: Jaroslav Soukup at flickr.com)

Anethum Graleolens
(Courtesy: Jaroslav Soukup at flickr.com)

Lacewing (Courtesy: Ronald Beer at flickr.com)

(Courtesy: Ronald Beer at flickr.com)

You don’t need a large plot of ground to accommodate this type of garden. It just needs to be large enough to hold six or seven varieties of plants that attract the good insects.

Plants that would prove beneficial and the predator insects they attract include:

Mini Insectary Plants                                                                                    Beneficial Predators Attracted

Achillea fillipendulina                                                                                          Lacewigs, Aphidius, Ladybugs
Alyssum                                                                                                                   Hoverflies, Lacewings, Tachnid Flies
Amaranthus                                                                                                            Ground beetles
Anethum Graveolens (Dill)                                                                                  Ichneumon wasps, ladybugs, Lacewings
Angelica gigas                                                                                                          Lacewings
Convolvulius minor                                                                                                Ladybugs, Hoverflies
Coreopsis                                                                                                                  Hoverflies, Lacewings, Parasitic wasps
Cosmos bipinnatus                                                                                                 Hoverflies, Parasitic wasps, Lacewings
Digitalis                                                                                                                     Dicyphus
Daucus Carota (Queen Ann’s Lace)                                                                     Lacewings, Ladybugs, Hoverflies
Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel)                                                                               Damsel bugs, Lady bugs, Lacewings
Hellanthus annulus                                                                                                 Pirate bugs, Beneficial mites
Iberis umbellata                                                                                                       Hoverflies
Limonium latifollum (Statice)                                                                               Hoverflies, Parasitic wasps
Lupin                                                                                                                           Aphidius, Aphidoletes, Hoverflies
Melissa officinalls (Lemon balm)                                                                          Parasitic wasps, tachinid flies
Petroselinum Crispurn (Parsley)                                                                           Parasitic wasps, hoverflies, tachinid flies
Scabiosa (Pincushion flowers)                                                                               Hoverflies, Parasitic wasps
Shasta Daisy                                                                                                               Pirate bugs, Beneficial mites
Sunflowers                                                                                                                  Pirate bugs, Aphidius, Parasitic wasps
Tanacetum Vulgare (Tansy)                                                                                    Ladybugs, Lacewings
Verbascum thaspus                                                                                                   Dicyphus
Yarrow                                                                                                                          Hoverflies, Parasitic wasps, Ladybugs

Beneficial Predators                                                                                             Prey

Aphidius                                                                                                                        Aphids
Aphidoletes                                                                                                                   Aphids
Beneficial mites                                                                                                            Thrips, spider mites, fungus gnats
Damsel Bugs (Nabidae)                                                                                              Eggs of many pest insects
Dicyphus                                                                                                                        Whiteflies, aphids, thrips, spider mites
Ground beetles                                                                                                              Slugs, small caterpillars and grubs
Hoverflies                                                                                                                       Aphids, mealy bugs and others
Lacewings                                                                                                                       Scale, aphids, mites, soft-bodied insects
Ladybugs                                                                                                                        Aprids, mites
Pirate Bugs                                                                                                                     thrips, aphids, mites, scales, whiteflies
Tachnid flies                                                                                                                  Caterpillars, beetles and fly larvae
Parasitic Wasps                                                                                                             Whiteflies, moths, beetles and fly larvae

Queen Ann's Lace (Courtesy:

Queen Ann’s Lace
(Courtesy: Glenn Anderson at flickr.com)


Hoverfly (Courtesy: John Sargent at flickr.com)

(Courtesy: John Sargent at flickr.com)

Creating the ‘Mini’ Insectary Garden

Experts suggest:

· Interspersing the insectary annuals in rows or islands in vegetable beds.
· Include plants of different heights in your insectary.
· Tiny flowers in large quantity are more beneficial than single, large blooms.
· Combine flowers.

Source: Eartheasy.com

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