Are there any insects good for dahlias?

Are there any insects good for dahlias, banner flower farm

We hear the questions about which insects harm dahlias.

What about the question … are there any insects good for dahlias?

Let’s begin with a game.

Can you guess the name of this insect?

Are there any insects good for dahlias, banner flower farm

If you have ever seen one of these lacewing flies,  you know the beauty.

Don’t be quick to shoo it away.

This insect is NOT harmful.

Are there any insects good for dahlias, banner flower farm

Matter of fact, this genus of green lacewings, Chrysopa, emits larva that fends off other predatory insects that harm your dahlia flowers like the dreaded aphids!


Here is another insect good for dahlias.

At first glance, you might think it is a bee.

Hoverflies, flower flies, syrphid flies, Are there any insects good for dahlias, banner flower farm

Of course, everyone knows bees help pollinate flowers.

Alas, this is not a bee!

Hoverflies, flower flies, syrphid flies, Are there any insects good for dahlias, banner flower farm

Did you guess these are Hoverflies, known as flower flies from the Syphidae family?

Similar to bees that hover over flowers feeding off pollen and nectar,

these insects also feed off those pesky  aphids.

Are there any insects good for dahlias, banner flower farm

Bottom line be careful before you panic and see some insects

on your beautiful dahlia flowers growing in your garden! 

Although not all insects harm your plants

and actually it is natures way of providing biological control,

be careful before you decide to add insects into the environment.

There is a balance in our ecological systems biodiversity.

Wondering …

if there are any other insects good for dahlias?

Feel free to comment with questions or add to this partial list!

 

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