Beneficialinsects Photos & Videos

11 minutes ago

We released them after it had warmed up a bit. Some to the blueberry patch where the ooth was taken from, some to the flower garden, some to the raspberry and blackberry patch. And some, found later on our kitchen window which we missed after the initial escape, were cought and simply turned out of doors. We are so curious to see what/if the difference it makes on our praying mantis population this summer! I haven't seen one at all in our years here, so it was a surprise to find the ooth! As long as they eat the bugs in our garden and don't eat the hummingbirds at our feeders, we'll get along just fine!

15 hours ago

S04E04: Mason bees. Few days of nice weather and mason bees are ready to work. This year over 500 new nest boxes are added to our mason bees hive. Nice surprise for me are few nesting pipes with eggs from large scissor-bee (Chelostoma florisomne). This is a rare wild bee that nests only 2-10 eggs each year. Mason bees operation is one of the most significant parts of our activities to increase the number of wild pollinators. More projects related to beneficial insects are coming. Stay tuned :) _____________________ S04E04: Murarki ogrodowe. Kilka dni ładnej pogody i murarki ogrodowe są gotowe do pracy. W tym roku dodaliśmy ponad 500 nowych gniazd do murarkowego ula. Miłą niespodzianką są rurki gniazdowe zasiedlone przez nożycówkę pospolitą (Chelostoma florisomne). To rzadka dzika pszczoła, która tworzy tylko 2-10 kokonów każdego roku. Utrzymywanie murarki ogrodowe to jedna z naszych kluczowych aktywności na rzecz zwiększenia liczby dzikich owadów zapylających. Więcej projektów związanych z pożytecznymi owadami wkrótce :) _____________________ #masonbees #permaculturegarden #beneficialinsects #pollinators #pollinatorgarden

15 hours ago

Today’s project, day 1: after June Bug larvae infested the lawn (1st pic is an example of what it used to look like) and raccoons dig up said lawn, we were brought in to lay new treated ties and sod. Friday (weather permitting) we’ll extend the patio and apply beneficial nematodes to prevent the larvae from returning. at Nanaimo, British Columbia

21 hours ago

It’s International Bat Appreciation Day! 🦇 Bats are often overlooked for their role in our ecosystem. Not only can they eat up to 1000 mosquitoes an hour, they are also important pollinators. Consider adding a bat house to your landscape! 🦇 If bats aren’t your thing we also have a selection of bee houses 🐝 and other beneficial insect houses 🐞 to choose from. #knollwoodgardencenter #beavercreek #dayton #xenia #internationalbatappreciationday #beneficialinsects #pollinators #beehouses

1 day ago

❓Have you ever heard of neonicotinoids? They are something that every gardener should be aware of. They are a class of widely used insecticides related to nicotine that affect the central nervous system of insects paralyzing them and causing death. This includes all insects, bees, beneficials, it know s no difference😱. They even cause harm to larger animals like birds🐦. Toxic levels can persist in treated plants for months and even years Neonicotinoids are commonly used in nurseries on bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and ornamentals. Head over to the blog to learn more about their harmful affects, what you can do to avoid them as well as move nurseries to stop using hem all together. LINK IS IN THE BIO!😁 🌱 Hope you are having a happy day enjoying beautiful spring weather! 🌿

1 day ago

Sweet mother of fuzzy! Just look at that cutie patootie! This little jumper is easily identified as a member of the genus Phidippus based on the presence of those stunning iridescent mouthparts called chelicerae. I have noticed that this particular genus of spiders has a real tendency to pose for the camera, making them one of my favorites and quite a delight to work with! Spiders and insects share many of the same characteristics and both belong to the phylum Arthropoda, but the two are grouped separately into different subphylum’s. Spiders belong to the subphylum Chelicerata, along with scorpions, ticks and mites. Critters in Chelicerata possess fun little appendages called pedipalps, you can watch our little friend wiggling his back and forth in the second slide. In spiders, pedipalps serve a variety of different purposes depending on the species. They can be used for protection, copulation, and sensory detection, but here I’m not exactly sure what he’s using his for, all I know is it’s really stinking cute! 😋

1 day ago

Did you know that a population of western flower #thrips can double within four days and that temperature is one factor that plays a decisive role in this? That's why effective thrips control requires speed and decisiveness! Read the article here . . . . . #bicontrol #westernflowerthrips #pestdamage #biologicalcontrol #ipm #integratedpestmanagement #beneficialinsects #partnerswithnature #naturalenemies #organic #cannabis #horticulture #agriculture goodbugs

2 days ago

#Repost @ctkschoolgarden ・・・ Fifth grade has been talking about incomplete and complete metamorphosis and ladybugs are an example of complete metamorphosis! This morning students released ladybugs into the garden. The weather cooperated and was cool and overcast so our friends🐞 stuck around while we were there. After the release students went on a bug hunt looking at the undersides of leaves and found ladybug delicacies like aphid eggs and talked about the power of beneficial insects. . . . . #schoolgarden #elementaryscience #schoolgardencurriculum #beneficialinsects

2 days ago

I have been working in my paradise all day and enjoying every second of it. I planted nearly 30 plants today and also took the time to enjoy the fruits of my labor over the winter.... my woodchips have finally broken down enough for me to feel ok about planting something in it. Today; strawberries. Tomorrow; zukes and squash. I planted more *Jasmine* for my bamboo archway. Jasmine is a beautiful evergreen vining plant with small white and yellow star shaped flowers. Perfect for the archway. In the meantime while the Jasmine grows and matures, I planted some burpless cucumbers to vine up the arches and take advantage of growing space using a fast growing vine. I'll keep the progress pics coming for anyone who is interested. And now, I'm settling down and having some of this Mark West Pinot Noir out of a Mason Jar (because I do that) and watching Paul Geautchi gardening videos. Have a nice week!

2 days ago

Lady bugs/birds/beetles! Not only do they look super cute, they are actually beneficial for your garden. They eat those naughty aphids that snack on your veggies! 🐞 We love these little Ladies so much that we named our red lip butter after them. #TheHippieStickMovement #ladybug at New Plymouth, New Zealand

2 days ago

🌻 Beautiful 💛✌️💚 🌻 🌻We have grown these beauties from @wormticklers_nursery seeds from @thegardenshedatthefarm Byron. 🌻Swipe 👉 to see up close, had to zoom as they are a bit tall 😆...

2 days ago

Oh gosh golly spring has me buzzing, and I know I’m not alone! Another happy gal out welcoming the warmer weather was this downright dazzling halictid bee that came and shared a seat on the lawn chair with me yesterday afternoon! This little cutie was so tiny that at first I almost didn’t notice she had landed right next to me, but when the sun hit her at just the right angle that metallic royal blue really caught my eye! What a gift it was to share a moment with this incredible creature! Not only was she just drop dead gorgeous and so stinking small it made me want to cry, she was also unbelievably unperturbed at me placing my finger by her to capture a shot with some scale so you can see just how itsy bitsy this little baby truly is! I am so very thankful that the critters are coming back out to play! Yay spring!

2 days ago

Fifth grade has been talking about incomplete and complete metamorphosis and ladybugs are an example of complete metamorphosis! This morning students released ladybugs into the garden. The weather cooperated and was cool and overcast so our friends🐞 stuck around while we were there. After the release students went on a bug hunt looking at the undersides of leaves and found ladybug delicacies like aphid eggs and talked about the power of beneficial insects. . . . . #schoolgarden #elementaryscience #schoolgardencurriculum #beneficialinsects at Christ the King Cathedral School

2 days ago

Ladybug larvae are a great beneficial insect in the garden. Here they are eating aphids on the solidago in the demonstration garden at the Extension office. While they look very different from their adult beetle form, ladybug larvae are an effective biological control of these common garden pests. The different ladybugs in Florida feed on the following: aphids, mealybugs, mildews, mites, scale insects and whiteflies.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #ufifas #leoncounty #zone8b #ufifasextension #ladybug #biologicalcontrol #solidago #goldenrod #beneficialinsects #beetle #ladybird #larvae #larva

2 days ago

Found this little surprise in the greenhouse yesterday and it was new to me so I had to look it up and here is what I found. Nature is simple astonishing!!!! “The green-eyed wasp Dinocampus coccinellae turns ladybugs into zombie babysitters. Three weeks after a wasp lays its egg inside the hapless beetle, a wasp larva bursts from her belly and weaves itself a cocoon between her legs. The ladybug doesn’t die, but becomes paralyzed, involuntarily twitching her spotted red carapace to ward off predators until the adult wasp emerges a week later. How D. coccinellae enslaves its host at just the right time had been a mystery, but now researchers believe the insect has an accomplice: a newly identified virus that attacks the beetle’s brain. The findings raise questions about whether other parasites also use viruses as neurological weapons” #integratedpestmanagement #beneficialinsects #parasiticwasp #bugslife #greenhouselife

2 days ago

Busy little bee. 🐝

3 days ago

Who recognizes this scary looking creature?... I found this errant ladybug larvae crawling across the kitchen counter this morning. It was safely deposited on the celosia flowers out front. Despite the intimidating spikes, they are harmless (unless you are an aphid!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #insects #ladybugs #beneficialinsects #ladybuglarvae #biocontrol #entomology #celosia #coccinellidae #nature #wildlife #biophilia

3 days ago

Spotted beebalm (dotted horsemint), Monarda punctata, is a native plant that thrives in dry, sandy soil. The small yellow flowers arranged in whorls beneath the pinkish-white bracts attract bees but more frequently large solitary, social, and parasitic wasps. As these wasps insert their heads into the flowers, pollen is deposited on the top of their thorax. Shown here is a female thynnid wasp, Myzinum sp. Wasps in this genus are parasitic laying their eggs on scarab beetle larvae below ground. #nativeplants #pollinators #beneficialinsects

3 days ago

Today I cleared off last year's green bean vines from my A-frame trellises in preparation for planting this year's crop. (Cleared on the left; uncleared on the right.) . I do this chore in the spring now for two reasons: ▶️ It's much easier to strip months-dead vines than just-dead ones (if that makes sense). ▶️ Beneficial insects can make their winter homes in garden debris like this. So I don't clear the vines until warmer weather has come and the insects have likely already emerged. . One other tip: bailing twine was an initial investment but it has lasted for several years. It beats having to restring these trellises each season! . P.S. If you want to build your own a-frame trellis, send me a dm and I'll send you a link for my free building plans! . . . . #trellis #gardentrellis #aframe #aframetrellis #verticalgarden #verticalgardening #beans #polebeans #gardenworkday #plantingtime #beneficialinsects #ipm #organicgarden #organicgardening #garden #gardening #mygarden #plant #instagarden #gardens #gardenlife #gardener #horticulture #instagardenlovers #growsomethinggreen #vegetablegarden #urbangardening #growyourown #greenthumb #homegrown

3 days ago

Helping apply Green Lacewing eggs to leaf lettuce here in the Salinas Valley. • • Have you started implementing biocontrols on your crops this season? • • Drop us a line and find out how we can help! • • #naturalenemies #dropbugsnotbombs #certifiedcropadvisor #beneficialinsects #bugslife #pesticideresistance #organic #integratedpestmanagement #pestmanagement #aphidsbegone #lacewing #trichogramma #biocontrols #predatorymites #orius #ccof #cafarming #californiafarmsandranches #cagrown #certifiedorganic #pestcontroladvisors #parabug #parabugarmy