Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

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Updated: May 4, 2021

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are commonly found in Maryland and are often confused with yellowjackets.
Paper wasp adult
Updated: April 22, 2021

Pollinator Profiles

Common pollinators in Maryland include bees and wasps, butterflies and moths, beetles, and flies.
bumble bee on blue baptisia flowers
Updated: April 14, 2021

Flower Fly

Flower flies are a natural predator of aphids. Flower flies are mainly nonselective pollinators, feeding on nectar and pollen from a variety of plants and agriculturally important crops.
adult flower fly sitting on a white flower
Updated: April 8, 2021

Meet a Pollinator: Cellophane Bee

Cellophane bees are important pollinators of plants and they are not aggressive/defensive.
cellophane bee
Updated: April 8, 2021


Parasitoids are small insects whose immature stages develop either within or attached to the outside of other insects, referred to as hosts.
braconid wasp
Updated: April 8, 2021

Predatory Stink Bugs

Predatory Stink Bugs are beneficial in a garden.
spined soldier bug
Updated: April 8, 2021

Minute Pirate Bugs

Minute pirate bugs, also called flower bugs, are predatory insects.
minute pirate bug feeding on thrips
Updated: April 8, 2021

Assassin Bugs

Assassin bugs are predatory insects.
assassin bug
Updated: April 8, 2021

Predatory Bugs

Predatory bugs are in the insect order Hymenoptera and use piercing-sucking mouthparts to kill their prey.
wheel bug
Updated: April 8, 2021

Predatory Beetles

Predatory beetles are good insects in a garden. They feed on pests such as aphids, mealybugs, caterpillars, grubs, and more.
ground beetle