Planting a Garden provides Nature a place to land. I love chasing butterflies…I actually get dive bombed by them in my Garden…And what is even better…Hummingbird fights. They will sit and wait for an intruder and challenge their opponent….I have seen them chase sparrows….That being said, you can’t have a healthy Garden without insecticides….The best choice: Nature….allow Nature in!
Put in a Garden pond. Ponds provide water, food, and shelter.
Build it and they will come…
Frogs eat bugs.
Barb, from Our Fairfield Home and Garden found this little guy while on the Newark Garden Tour back in June….
This is one of my resident American Toads, he lives under one of my rain barrels.
Frogs and toads both, are Amphibians. They lay their eggs in slow moving water. Your Garden Pond provides the perfect place. The eggs hatch into tadpoles. At this stage they are Herbivores(vegetarian) and have gills which allows them the ability to breathe under water. When they Metamorphose, change into their adult form, they develop lungs to breathe air and become Carnivores(meat eaters.) Insects are their favorite…
Red Comet Goldfish, although they are not native, they have become the most popular fish for Garden Ponds. As long as your pond is 29″ deep, in Zone 6, they will overwinter.
Fish are an important resident of your Garden Pond. Being Omnivores(eating both plants and animals) they are the first line of defense against insects, like the dreaded Mosquito…Goldfish feed on insect larvae and Algae.
Turtles are also Omnivores. I love having them in my Garden. My Red-eared Sliders were rescues.
Placing stone in your Garden also provides homes for other insect eating creatures to thrive…
My friend Jacki had built this wall to provide a place for her Drought Smart Plants to thrive and built a great hiding place for….
A Northern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea) can be found on the North American west coast…
This baby Bull Snake resides in Lynne’s Garden over at Sensible Gardening and Living. For more of Lynne’s wildlife check out her Board, Garden Wildlife & Wildflowers on Pinterest.
Reptiles and Amphibians are cold blooded, they get their warmth from the Sun.
Bats also play an important role in our Eco-System…
This Little Brown Bat is also from Jacki’s Garden. Check out Jacki’s board, Xeric Garden Critters on Pinterest…
Bats are so important for insect control, eating up to their entire body weight in one night! And Mosquitos happen to be their favorite….Providing Bat Houses should keep them out of your eaves…
And don’t forget the daytime flyers, birds.
Many different birds eat insects. Swallows fly agape, with their beaks open, to catch insects in the air.
Mosquitos are one of the most dreaded insects.
Asian Tiger Mosquito
Prior to the introduction of the Asian Tiger Mosquito, now in PA, we only were annoyed by them after dusk…These guys are active throughout the day…Lucky us!
For more info go to Mosquito Magnet Depot
And then there are the Spiders….
Carlene from Organized Clutter captured this spider in her cousin’s garden.
Crab Spider Misumena, Misumenops, does not spin a web to capture prey, it sits atop flowers and waits for insects to visit…It has the ability to change color.
Orb Spider, Argiope Strands of UV-reflecting silk in the orb-weaver web warn birds, attract insects.
A Carolina Mantis lays in wait. This is the first year I have had these in my Gardens. I had never known we had more than one variety, other than the Praying Mantis. Come to learn we also have a Chinese mantis, Tenodera sinensis, which has been introduced through pet stores. They are sold as food. A Chinese mantis can reach lengths of 4.5″ and have been known to kill Hummingbirds.
Depending on Nature to take care of it’s self is always the best choice…If you feel compelled to use an insecticide please use what nature provides. Lavender, Neem, and even Marigold can be used to make a spray…Remember, there would be no Butterflies without Caterpillars