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Insects in the garden

Updated on September 19, 2014

Insects in a Spring Garden

Insects in a spring garden? Good! No need to bug zap them when Nature has the best bug zappers already!

When things start springing up in spring, instead of reaching for the chemicals to kill them off, be glad you have them! That's right, insects, no matter how small or how much of a nuisance, have a place in the spring garden.

So hold off pulling out the sprays! Just take a look at what your garden could have ~ and how you need them more than you think!

I hope you will get my point!

All pictures by me (Bev Lemley) ~ all rights reserved

A Likely Candidate ~ to be ZAPPED!

This little beetle could sure be zapped in a second with a quick spray in springtime, or insecticides dusted on the flowers.

But instead, the good news is, this little fellow can be a snack for a bigger guy.

Pretty neat, Huh?!

Even Bloodsuckers ~ Like this Mosquito...

...will be food for something...

Zap? Chemicals? Dust?

Or Nature's Way?

For tips on keeping mosquitoes away...visit Linking to the Future

Bluebirds love bugs, including mosquitos and "bad" worms! And they're not the only bug-loving birds!

So let the bluebirds and other pretty songbirds have a go at helping to keep your bugs in check...Hold the dust down this year, do yourself, the honeybees, and the birds a favor!

Protect the environment ~ put down the dust!

Nature's Aphid Eaters!

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Ladybugs will work for free, essentially! All they ask is a few pests, such as aphids ~ why use chemicals that harm you and the environment! Enjoy one of nature's hardest little workers ~ cute, too!

 

Yes! Even Spiders!

...will keep the food chain going.

Don't see any chemicals on this fellow...

Ladybugs do a fine job of taking care of aphids! And they're cute, too!

Stinkbugs! Can hide in folds of leaves...

...and maybe escape the fallout..but the dust would surely find its way into its system...and make sure it was eradicated from your garden.

But then again, these stinkbugs, cute as they are, could make a meal for something...

A Hummingbird Moth ~ Wouldn't know the difference...

...between nectar from a poisoned plant and one that wasn't.

Personally, I like seeing these in my garden. I would hate to think I might "accidentally" kill one trying to get rid of a bad insect

A Jumping Spider ~ Can surely hold his ground...

...when disturbed. Really! Just try taking a pict of one ~ they will surely stand their ground!

But could they stand their ground to chemicals? Even if they could, their food source would quite possibly be eradicated, so they would have nothing to eat!

Meet a hard working Zapper! A Natural Friend!

This cute little toad frog is a big kisser ~ well, let's just say he likes to eat a LOT of bugs! And not only bugs, but slugs! So! when you see one of these, you might just want to plant a big one on him!

And just think, if there were chemicals all over the ground, he would have a hard time breathing, cough, cough, to find some food ~ that is, if he made it, himself! That is, if there were any food to be found!

Help is On the Way!

Praying Mantis will keep a lot of insects, including spiders, in check.

There never seem to be too many mantis ~ if you see two or three, feel blessed!

Fireflies ~ Or Lightning Bugs...

Fireflies look for little bugs as well as nectar. I suppose a bit of pesticide could easily take care of this guy, too. But there would be less food for a bigger guy...

... and no more fun chasing fireflies as they go dancing through the summer nights...

Spiders that match their flower is a bit unusual...

... but instead of worrying about finding matching shoes, they are doing their job 24/7 to help keep down the nuisance bugs. Really!

Don't forget the birds!

Birds play a huge part in nature's balance, too! There are insect eating birds that really do a great job of looking in cracks and crevices of trees, and under logs, and amongst the flower heads, looking for any and everything, just about! So I skimp a bit on bird food in the summer, making sure they will help with the work ~ but they do that pretty much on their own, anyway!

A Dragonfly will eat its weight in...

...MOSQUITOS! Yes, we love dragonflies!

Do you see the "skimmers" on this guy's legs? They fly through the air and literally pick mosquitos off. How's that for a natural balance?!

Grasshoppers! This is just a baby...

I think they're really cute! They're cute and a vital part of nature's food links ~ it is amazing the natural balance of insects.

The Big Question ~ What will happen if you just stop using insecticides and herbicides?

A Garden like this!

BONUS! Great photo ops!

Pictures can always be better ~ but if there are no insects and links to our future, there won't be any to take ~ nor food to eat!

The Big Guns ~ A Healthy Sign!

A praying mantis is one bug that gives an eeeEEKK factor for sure! No need for fear, as they will be careful and not bother you at all, but will keep things in the garden in check, and checked out. They are a best friend, for sure! A praying mantis case can be bought at local garden centers.

They will sit quietly unnoticed on plants and run if you get too near, or jump or fly, even. But they are the big guns and will do wonders for keeping all those wonderful little guys in check. And of course, the mantis are food for even bigger hunters ~ the birds! So...Nature's Way!

Got Fire Ants?

Here is a natural, no chemical remedy to RID your garden or yard of fire ants. Simply use an environmentally safe dishwashing detergent, squirting it in a gallon jug of water. Squirt the detergent over the hill, then quickly pour the soapy water all over, hoping to uncover the tunnel down to the queen. Then skeedaddle! You may have to repeat over the next five days on new hills ~ they will be very small. Then they should all be gone. There, no chemicals! No need to boil the water first.

Nature at Work - So Natural...

If aphids are a problem ~ and believe me, they are definitely a problem! Call in Nature's "Natural Guard" ~ Ladybugs!

Aphids are very small bugs that suck the juice out of your plants! I used to spray a very diluted soap solution, but didn't like that I might be hurting other bugs. The solution? A cup of ladybugs from a gardening center ~ I have pretty ladybugs, doing a tough job, never asking for anything except another aphid or other buggy to eat!

It's not true you will be overrun with ladybugs, either, because ~ you guessed it, the ladybugs are part of Nature's food chain ~ which is a link to our future!

Nectar! No Poison Zone!

Nature's gift to us!

Cough, cough!

We can surely stop using some of the chemicals ~ especially the dust stuff! That's the worst!

The dust pesticides have been linked to the lesser numbers of butterflies and honey bees ~ You Think?!

You've heard the saying, "What goes around comes around"!

eeeEEEKKKK!!!!

Yes or No?! Can we?

Learn to trust that Nature Knows Best?!

Do you believe our future will be better if everyone uses less or NO chemicals?

See results

What do you think? Are insects beneficial or not?

Insects play an important role in a healthy garden

I would love to know!

© 2012 Beverly Lemley

How does your garden grow?

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Steph Tietjen: The praying mantis will eat the aphids, too! I'm thrilled to hear about your being organic. That's super ~ and a terrific step! We all benefit, for sure, the more widespread the practice becomes ~ for everyone's future! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. I hope it will encourage others to Go Green! Thank you, Steph! B :)

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Thank you! I loved the photos of insects in this lens.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      My garden grows with all the bugs and insects...when we kill off any kind of insect or a pest we make an imbalance in the chain of life, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize this, if you don't believe it, then you don't care about the world and it's inheritance. Well written and done lens! photos are awesome!

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessed~

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Beautiful lens!

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      these look pretty scary...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool looking photos of insects.

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      I welcome all dragonflies to my garden... :o) Thanks for sharing!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens, itâs very well put together! The photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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      falling lakes 5 years ago

      Great photos. I can even hear them buzzing!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Oh my - what wonderful photos. They really are stunning. I used to buy mantises and ladybugs each year for the garden. I loved receiving them in the mail and then letting them go - so many! I felt like a really rich person. Congratulations on your t-shirt! You certainly deserve it.

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      Sonia DB 5 years ago

      Lots of great photos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great insect images. Wished I had a few Praying Mantis. It's so cool to see all these little creatures do a good job. Unfortunately, we have a problem with too many stink bugs. Thanks for all your great information.

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      What gorgeous pictures. Spring is sprouting here in Northern Ontario at the moment (although we got snow this morning - what the?) - anyhow, the critters are waking up, and they are so cute when they're a little bit dozy. *chuckle* Nice Lens!!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Definitely free of pesticides, and we have lots of bug activity. I even found a lizard sleeping under a water bowl yesterday. Gorgeous photos!

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      stunning photo's Bev!!

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Extraordinary pictures!

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      RickoDogAdvice 5 years ago

      Very detailed photos. I never knew what a stinkbug looked like and always had at least 1-3 of them in my home if I left the window open overnight.

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      Gregory Froines 5 years ago

      Incredibly sharp and colorful images. Love them all

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love your pictures and revel in nature's ability to solve so many problems. Grrr - I hate grasshoppers in my garden. Spring Blessings to you.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love your pictures and revel in nature's ability to solve so many problems. Grrr - I hate grasshoppers in my garden. Spring Blessings to you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cooooool

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I get so annoyed, even angry when people spray chemicals of any kind. I love this lens!

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      love ypur pictures of the bugs

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      The food chain really can keep your garden fresh and beautiful, pesticides will only gives the garden some uneasy smell.

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      Great photos!

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      abb1fan 5 years ago

      awesome pictures!

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      Great photography, you're really talented. Congrats on getting featured!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow your bug images are awesome!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Cute lens, loved it!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your bugs and captures. They are so important!

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      No news yet on my garden but I wanted to let you know how much I love your photography. These images are gorgeous! You certainly should do a book if you haven't already.

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      Spiders are the coolest.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a great and informative lens. I'm not really a bug person, but I do understand that all creatures on our beautiful planet have a purpose. The pictures are stunning!

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      redsaber1982 5 years ago

      Look awesome, macro style...what's your camera?

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      jenlun21 5 years ago

      Great photos! I love them.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous photos, love them. Like your comments too.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Your pictures are incredible!

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      fivee05 lm 5 years ago

      I envy your garden. Seeing those insects only means that you have a healthy garden.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      Your photos are spectacular! I have to say that black spider is sinister looking, but I still love the photo! Angel blessed today

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yikes! Those were scareeeee (great pics).

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 2012 Spring Gardening Showcase and Blessed by a fellow Gardener and Squidoo Angel

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      SandyORiley 5 years ago

      Beautiful photography!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful insects. Thank you for sharing your photographs!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      The pictures are awesome! Nice lens.

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      poissonenciel 5 years ago

      Beautiful macros!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an organic garden and perennial beds. I put some cattle manure compost on the perennial (.5 -.5 -.5 so not to burn the plants) as cover in the fall and work it into the perennial beds in the spring. No chemicals here. I add 6 bags of compost, in the spring, to the vegetable garden. This feeds the worms and the worms feed the plants. Great trade off. Still, no chemicals. My tomatoes are huge and product very heavy crops and the taste is excellent.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your great photographs.

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      NatureLuver 5 years ago

      Really great photos.

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      MamaRuth 5 years ago

      Love the photographs!

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      The pictures are great!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Amazing photographs. I tend to leave bugs lone and let nature do her thing without chemicals. (Though I WILL swat mosquitoes, for sure.) Lightning bugs are my favorite. Congratulations on making the Squidoo Best of Gardening 2012 Lenses. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saw this earlier this morning but I'm back to *bless* it!

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      I never use pesticides. I have found that if your plants are healthy as a rule everything takes care of itself.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      I'm sure there are loads of bugs in our garden. Why let them live as they please.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I leave the bugs alone! Great lens and absolutely amazing pictures! You are very talented!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Our garden is usually very needy by the time I get home and wants a drink.

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      Funny_Beekeeper 5 years ago

      We use natural methods too, although the harvest is not so big as it was several years ago. Anyway, I like your pictures :)

      Keep up the good work!

      Squidliked ;)

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      I just love your high quality photography. Excellent.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Thanks! Fun lens. I love a living garden.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @suzy-t: Thank you for your positive influence for others to let nature do its work! Thank you for your visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @aquarian_insight: You've got a point! It is a bit buggy! Thank you for your positive comments, and for the visit! And I'm so glad you don't like chemicals to kill the bugs! Thanks for the visit!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Country-Sunshine: Thank you for visiting! I have heard that if you take a bottle of club soda and dump on them, not sure how close you have to be! that that will be a natural cure for them. I haven't had to try it (knock on wood), but that will be my first resort to at least try. If you try it, let me know if it works! Thank you again for visiting!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I leave the bugs alone and use natural methods. I purchased praying mantis eggs some years ago and they've come back every spring to help out in the garden. If the Aphids get out of hand, I buy ladybugs to feed on them.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      It grows quite well when I leave the good bugs alone !... Thank you for the refreshing look at insects... They get such a bad wrap !...

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I was a bit weary of the bug element in this lens, but you did a wonderful job. I've got chemical sensitivity so would never use bug spray. Thank you for showing how every creature has its place in nature.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I wish something would eat the fire ants that are invading my garden. I'm tired of them stinging me!