In the past two weeks we have noticed a large populations of many insects in the garden. Along with all the destructive pests, we have also been lucky to have attracted many beneficials. Pictured above is a Tachinid fly. This beneficial insect is parasitic toward caterpillars and larvae of some other pest species including various cabbage worms. We have seen huge populations particularly on perennial herb plants. Spearmint and Oregano seem to be highly attractant to these flies. We are very glad to have attracted these insects to the garden. Even if they provide a minimal degree of pest control we feel that there presence is important to managing our garden sustainably. See link http://www.entomology.wisc.edu/mbcn/kyf409.htmlThis article was posted in garden update, insects, Outreach, Pests and tagged 2012, beneficials, Dane County, educational programs, garden educational programs, gardens, insects, madison, organic, University Display Gardens, vegetable varieties, Wildlife interest in the garden, wisconsin.
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