Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

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Updated: December 6, 2021

Parasitoids

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: October 13, 2021

Predatory Bugs

Predatory bugs are in the insect order Hymenoptera and use piercing-sucking mouthparts to kill their prey.
wheel bug
Updated: October 13, 2021

Pollinator Basics

Pollination is the process by which plants reproduce and create seeds. Animals, called pollinators, are necessary for the movement of pollen from one plant to another.
sweat bee on a flower
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

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